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D.C. mayor wants the Redskins to consider changing their name

Dave Lysinger AP

The mayor of Washington, D.C., would like the Washington Redskins to reconsider their nickname.

Mayor Vincent Gray said today that he’d like to explore the possibility of the Redskins (who currently play their home games in Landover, Maryland and have their offices in Ashburn, Virginia) moving back into the city. But he thinks that would be a tough sell in D.C. as long as the team has a nickname that is viewed as a racial slur.

“I think that if they get serious with the team coming back to Washington, there’s no doubt there’s going to have to be a discussion about that, and of course the team is going to have to work with us around that issue,” Gray said, via the Washington Post. “I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would be love to be able to sit down with the team . . . and see if a change should be made.”

Gray did not state categorically that changing the team name would be a requirement to moving back into the city, but he did express discomfort with having a divisive nickname for the team.

The franchise was founded in 1932 and called the Boston Braves, sharing a name and Braves Field with a baseball team. In 1933 the franchise moved to Fenway Park, which it shared with the Boston Red Sox, and so the team changed its name to the Boston Redskins. The team moved to Washington in 1937. The Redskins have been criticized for their nickname for decades, and although several American high schools and Miami University in Ohio have stopped using the Redskins name, franchise owner Daniel Snyder has shown no inclination to change.

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298 Responses to “D.C. mayor wants the Redskins to consider changing their name”
  1. cheddarrob says: Jan 9, 2013 2:08 PM

    Keep dreaming.

  2. flash1283 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:09 PM

    Stupid!! I’m so sick of all the political correctness!

  3. 3yardsndust says: Jan 9, 2013 2:10 PM

    About time.

  4. Ponder This says: Jan 9, 2013 2:10 PM

    I’m the least politically correct person on earth, but I hate that nickname.

  5. steelerben says: Jan 9, 2013 2:11 PM

    Change the logo to a potato. Job done.

  6. skoobyfl says: Jan 9, 2013 2:11 PM

    Jeranimos?

  7. boobsmcgoo says: Jan 9, 2013 2:12 PM

    How about the Landover Redskins?

  8. broncobeta says: Jan 9, 2013 2:12 PM

    Yeah, well I’d like Mayor Gray to stop embezzling money from the city, but that ain’t gonna happen.

  9. iggles07 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:12 PM

    Ridiculous. I’m an Eagles fan, but I still think the Skins shouldn’t change a thing. They aren’t disrespecting Indians or the Indian culture, they are celebrating it – albeit in their own unique way.

    Enough with being politically correct over absolutely every single issue.

  10. fargovikesfan says: Jan 9, 2013 2:12 PM

    And why would they move into the city of DC?
    Fed Ex field was built in 1997, and recently renovated. The only thing they need is a different playing surface…. idiot..

  11. gallaghedj311 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:12 PM

    I hate the redskins, but I hope they don’t change their name. Racial slur? Sorry. Not buying it. To allow oneself to be offended by something is a choice. Because one can always choose to be not offended….

  12. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 9, 2013 2:13 PM

    Ok you win mayor, we’ll consider it….hey guys should we change the name, ehh yeah let’s not…ok well we considered it and we decided not to change. You’re welcome.

  13. avoidtheboyd says: Jan 9, 2013 2:15 PM

    Not this again…

  14. gotampabay52 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:15 PM

    with redskins fan base being so large the amount of money on merchendise would be sick

  15. drewbreeswants says: Jan 9, 2013 2:15 PM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation!

  16. cardiovascularendurance says: Jan 9, 2013 2:15 PM

    Can we bring back Adrian Fenty too?

  17. madpunter88 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:16 PM

    Man, the Washington Racially-Insensitive Nickname Football Club is having a rough week. It is almost as if the DC football scene spent 7 weeks in a parallel universe of success, praise, and hope only to be jarringly shocked back into reality this week. This is the Washington Redskins we all know…welcome back to the punching bag.

  18. bolts0621 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:16 PM

    After getting scalped by the Seahawks so would I!!

  19. vbe2 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:16 PM

    If I were the Redskins, I’d change it after this. From Washington Redskins to Landover Redskins. Teach that D.C. idiot a lesson.

    The Redskins don’t even play in or have their offices in D.C., no need to use the name. Right?

  20. howiehandles says: Jan 9, 2013 2:16 PM

    I hate political correctness, but it is probably time they changed it. Redskins is much more offensive than Warriors, which Marquette changed their name from, which I found to be profoundly more ridiculous.

  21. emoney826 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:16 PM

    Change the color scheme too. It sucks and is an eye sore.

  22. drillbit19k says: Jan 9, 2013 2:17 PM

    Absolutely. Then since I’m of Irish descent I want ND to change their nickname as well as I feel offended by the negative portrayal by their mascot. I can do way more push-ups than he can.

  23. askingwater says: Jan 9, 2013 2:17 PM

    Washington was the last NFL team to integrate, and only when the team became a perennial loser did the team get Bobby Mitchell and other African Americans to compete. In other words, Washington had a monetary incentive to change back then. There is no monetary incentive to change the name today. Justice (aka political correctness) has no monetary value to the franchise. So good luck with that, mayor.

  24. jwil444 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:17 PM

    Good point Mayor, a suitable name that would truly be representative of the city would be, The Washington Criminals………. that covers those who actually commit traditional crimes in the district, as well as those who are elected to do so.

  25. jaguar0413 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:19 PM

    Says the mayor that is currently under investigation for campaign finance fraud. The only lightning rod is Vince. Just do us all a favor and resign already. What a pathetic embarrassment.

  26. stealthjunk says: Jan 9, 2013 2:19 PM

    Oh please. I live in DC and have never heard a single person, American Indian or otherwise, complain about the Redskins name. I’m sure you could find someone, somewhere around here who doesn’t like it, but to say that the Redskins won’t move back to DC because of there’s some mythical mob waiting to protest is asinine.

  27. coachkilla6 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:20 PM

    A city that re-elected Marion Barry is offended by a nickname? Gimme a break.

  28. mfedele says: Jan 9, 2013 2:20 PM

    there is no such thing as University of Miami in Ohio. It’s JUST called Miami University; come on man, get it right

  29. beardinals says: Jan 9, 2013 2:20 PM

    How could it NOT have changed already in today’s climate?

  30. sadskinsfan89 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:20 PM

    why dont u go after Redman brand chewing tobacco? o yea thats rigjt cuz that wouldn’t get any publicity. Dont we have better things to worry about?

  31. blackngold4life says: Jan 9, 2013 2:20 PM

    Never saw any Indians in DC Before

  32. skins716 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:20 PM

    tell the dc mayor to worry about getting the crime rate down first in dc.. stupid

  33. bulldog12b says: Jan 9, 2013 2:21 PM

    They should change their name to the L.A. Redskins! That would teach that clown a lesson!

  34. commonsensedude says: Jan 9, 2013 2:22 PM

    Given that the team plays in Maryland and practices in Virginia, I’m sort of missing how this has anything to do with him.

    Also, he should spend his time being more concerned about the various ethics scandals he and his cronies have been embroiled in since he took office instead of issues involving a football team that left D.C. two decades ago?

    Thanks very much,
    Concerned Citizen
    Washington D.C. Area

  35. Patriot42 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:22 PM

    I think those that live in DC should change their names to leeches.

  36. stanmarshmorelikestandarsh says: Jan 9, 2013 2:22 PM

    Yes, let’s change their name to something else so all the people of the world can hold hands and sing songs together under a rainbow.

  37. whatnojets says: Jan 9, 2013 2:22 PM

    How about ” The Red Rascalls”?

  38. totallydisgusted says: Jan 9, 2013 2:22 PM

    The only reason the skins are not in DC is because of ex mayor sharon kelly other than that a stupid nick name would never keep them out of DC.

  39. clarencewhorley says: Jan 9, 2013 2:23 PM

    So the Redskins will just never come back to DC. Why would they need to, the new stadium is awesome.

  40. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 9, 2013 2:23 PM

    Football is so big the politicians simply cannot bear to leave it alone. Bunch of jerks and crooks, if you ask me. Mayor, mind your business!!

  41. djcologne says: Jan 9, 2013 2:23 PM

    Washington Peckerwoods has a nice ring to it….

  42. cincyorangenblack says: Jan 9, 2013 2:23 PM

    It’s Miami University. Not University of Miami at Ohio…not University of Miami (OH).

    Just Miami University.

  43. dexterismyhero says: Jan 9, 2013 2:24 PM

    Ladies & Gentlemen, your Washington/Landover Cowboys!!!!! Has a nice ring to it don’t you think?

    But then all the actual living cowboys would get pissed off.

    Oh hell, just make it the Obamas!!!!

  44. poprox13 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:24 PM

    and the stupidity in this country continues………

  45. odessabucs says: Jan 9, 2013 2:24 PM

    The Washington Bureaucrats! Or perhaps, Washington Deficit Spenders.

  46. zachari14 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:24 PM

    The Bullets became the Wizards, and that name was much less “offensive”.

    Unless you are Native American, your opinion on this really doesn’t count or matter.

    If they do change it, I recommend the Generals, and make that team that intentionally loses to the Globetrotters 200 times a year find a new name… or just go away.

  47. cincyorangenblack says: Jan 9, 2013 2:24 PM

    cincyorangenblack says:Jan 9, 2013 2:23 PM

    It’s Miami University. Not University of Miami at Ohio…not University of Miami (OH).

    Just Miami University.
    ————————————————-
    Thank you for fixing it ;)

  48. cooklynn17 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:25 PM

    Ok, we considered it and well, we like it the way it is but thanks for the suggestion.

    Now go do something productive loser!!!

  49. jikkle49 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:25 PM

    Well Washington was the city that had the Bullets change their name to the Wizards.

    They should leave the name alone and quite being overly sensitive about these kind of things. It’s clear the name is not intended to be a slur or have any meaning of disrespect.

    I mean what kind of person names and has their team after something they hate? If you were picking a name of a team it’s in general something you like or respect or represents something positive about an area.

  50. barrywhererufrom says: Jan 9, 2013 2:25 PM

    DC the warzone of us and this moron is worried about the name of the redskins..go hack to sleep and go skins!!

  51. realskipbayless says: Jan 9, 2013 2:25 PM

    Stupid why not use the time and energy used to try and change this and do something actually worth while.

  52. lippy4246 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:26 PM

    Why would Snyder even bother? He and his crew own the stadium and the parking lots around the stadium so they make plenty of money without having to deal with D.C. and losing out to the METRO. They should tell the mayor to pound sand

  53. xpensivewinos says: Jan 9, 2013 2:26 PM

    Well, I guess the Washington Shanahans is no longer in the mix…….

  54. briang123 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:26 PM

    Mayor Vincent Gray said today that he’d like to explore the possibility of the Redskins (who currently play their home games in Landover, Maryland and have their offices in Ashburn, Virginia) moving back into the city. But he thinks that would be a tough sell in D.C. as long as the team has a nickname that is viewed as a racial slur.
    ____________________________________

    Well, it’s either that or tell the truth that the ridiculously high tax rates guarantees that they will stay in Virginia, and never mover their offices to D.C., or Maryland for that matter. They’ll never change their name. The Washington Stallions or Bobcats just won’t work.

  55. godblessfootball says: Jan 9, 2013 2:26 PM

    How about the Washington Politicians…they’ll require dynasties like the patriots to share their success

  56. sellout1983 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:26 PM

    There is a “Fighting Irish” and nobody ever seems to complain about that. I actually attended Miami University and am part Cherokee and have zero issue with a football team or school calling themselves the “Redskins”. I can see why a University would change it’s name, but the NFL Redskins are a business. If you don’t like it don’t watch it and get over it already.

  57. Robert says: Jan 9, 2013 2:26 PM

    Washington Redstorms 2014…

  58. skinswillsurprise says: Jan 9, 2013 2:26 PM

    How about the D.C. Mayor considers doing his damn job!

  59. kylexitron says: Jan 9, 2013 2:26 PM

    Put me also in the category of people that don’t really care too much about being politically correct, but don’t really think it would be a terrible idea to change the name.

    “Redskin” may not seem to the majority of people to be a racial slur; doesn’t change the fact that a racial slur is exactly what it is.

    I know plenty of folks with native american heritage, including my own family. The general consensus is that it’s not a big deal, just a little on the tasteless side.

    It’s not a big deal but at the same time probably the fact that it’s a racial slur also puts it in the category of ‘probably not a big deal to change and put the discussion in the past’ either.

    While you’re at it, fix your field.

  60. mikea311 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:26 PM

    So because the only affiliation to DC is the TV market, the mayor thinks he has any pull? The Giants dont play in NY, The Cowboys dont play in Dallas, etc.

    worry about real problems or is some rich Indian donating money to your campaign?

  61. 1standinches says: Jan 9, 2013 2:27 PM

    How bout you change your position as Mayor to a McDonalds cashier?

  62. cooklynn17 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:27 PM

    The Washington Knee Busters!!!

  63. stevenray72 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:27 PM

    I am 40 years old and have lived in the DC area my entire life. With that said I can never recall a time where a Mayor of DC ever had anything important to say.

  64. hellawaitsusall says: Jan 9, 2013 2:28 PM

    Funny, the Irish aren’t offended by Notre Dame’s nickname.

  65. wisewoo says: Jan 9, 2013 2:29 PM

    If RGIII doesn’t fully recover from his injury I think that the Washington Trail of Tears would be a good name.

  66. goldenperspective says: Jan 9, 2013 2:29 PM

    I would do that and only that, consider it.

  67. daknight93 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:29 PM

    Washington Redskins..always has been and always will be..case closed, politicians need to stay out of football!

  68. bordner says: Jan 9, 2013 2:29 PM

    Does anyone really even use that term when describing Native Americans? I’ve never heard anyone call anyone a redskin or even refer to someone as a redskin in my entire life. I honestly think most people associate it with the football team from Washington instead of a racial slur.

  69. bengalsstillsuck says: Jan 9, 2013 2:29 PM

    The Indians,irish,Vikings, an some others should also change there names lol get real.

  70. ravenator says: Jan 9, 2013 2:30 PM

    Who cares, they are no longer relevant

  71. freddavisbong says: Jan 9, 2013 2:30 PM

    Is Ashburn in DC? Is Fed Ex Field in DC? You keep DC, we’ll keep our teams name.

    You’re not going to Washington Wizards us.

  72. jimiinpa says: Jan 9, 2013 2:30 PM

    if they were consistantly a playoff team this wouldn’t even come up

  73. nflgiant says: Jan 9, 2013 2:30 PM

    Give me a break-Lets just call them the Redmen,and all the women can can sue the team for sexual discrimination.

  74. ravenator says: Jan 9, 2013 2:30 PM

    Theres only one real team in Maryland. You can watch them play Saturday.

  75. lks311 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:30 PM

    Less offensive nicknames have been changed over the last dozen years. Unlike Warriors, Illini, Chippewas, even Indians, it really is blatantly racist. But, Native-Americans have ZERO juice in this country (save the ability to open casinos wherever they choose), so this conversation is going nowhere.

  76. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 9, 2013 2:31 PM

    In an effort to reach out to the “football dad” demographic, the team will now be known as the Washington Drunken Thieving Redskins.

  77. packerbackernj says: Jan 9, 2013 2:31 PM

    Warren Moon thinks John Kuhn should have to change his last name as well.

  78. rockthered1286 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:31 PM

    If they hope to rename (which is beyond foolish to me) and move to DC (which makes no sense since the majority of their fanbase is in Maryland and everyone under the sun avoids DC like the plague) I hope they pick a name representative of the city. They already have the capitals and nationals. I say the Washington “I’ve been driving in circles for thirty minutes now an keep ending up on K street next to the Occupy Camp that smells like BO and old hotdogs.”

  79. patljr7 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:31 PM

    What a joke, haven’t considered changing it for years. Not like we are going to consider after the mayor wants us to. He doesnt need to worry, by the time our FedEx field contract expires in 2027 and we move back to D.C. he wont be mayor.

  80. FinFan68 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:31 PM

    This argument is constantly brought up and is no closer to being valid. There is no reason to change the name. The nickname is about organizational pride and not about deriding or offending anyone. It is just the PC culture overreacting to anything and everything that someone might find offensive. It is absurd. Some people like to complain and others want to be the hero and champion a “cause” whatever it may happen to be. These people are the problem. Political correctness is out of control.

  81. alex35332 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:31 PM

    I don’t think the name will be changed, but if they do keep the colors and the logo and just change it to Washington Potomacs or Americans or something else that works as both a DC-centric and native american idea.

    Doesn’t matter anyway Gray will be in jail by the time the skins are ready to leave FedEx in 2027.

  82. buckifan4life says: Jan 9, 2013 2:31 PM

    Are we back to this again?

    Really? Aren’t there more things in the world to change? There are people who are suffering and dying out there. A day doesn’t go by where someone’s feeling aren’t hurt. That’s the problem with this country, the woosification of our society…

  83. brownsfn says: Jan 9, 2013 2:31 PM

    How absolutely ridiculous our society is becoming….this soccer mom generation is ruining everything down to the names of teams…i am so disgusted….

  84. footballfan58 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:32 PM

    I must have been living under a log somewhere because I didn’t know the name “Redskins” was offensive. What have we come to in this country? My high school was known as the “Indians” and we were very proud to honor that heritage. Our neighboring high school is the “Red Raiders” and I’ve never thought of that as offensive. Move over Tiki! I’m flabbergasted!

  85. buckifan4life says: Jan 9, 2013 2:32 PM

    Go Washington Pencils!

    Stupid…

  86. rbhttr says: Jan 9, 2013 2:33 PM

    So stupid. Why not instead live up to any if the treaties that America hasn’t done. Land ownership being the first. I think that would go further then changing a name of a football team.

  87. adenaguy says: Jan 9, 2013 2:33 PM

    Considering what happened to RG3, how about the Washington Shredskins???

  88. rtant2013 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:33 PM

    Yeah, I highly doubt this billion dollar franchise is going to change the name that its had for 80 years just because a small portion of people think that it is offensive. If that’s the case, why haven’t we just given all the land that we stole back? Yeah I guess that’s where everyone stops backing the NA and stop thinking its offensive, right?

  89. Beezo-Doo-doo-Zippity-Bop-bop-bop says: Jan 9, 2013 2:34 PM

    Nothing in Washington offends me more than The Clown-In-Chief and his cohorts in Congress.

  90. fatelvis77 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:34 PM

    The Washington Thinskins

  91. birdbrainsnj says: Jan 9, 2013 2:34 PM

    Washington Rats and the head coach will double as the mascot.

  92. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 9, 2013 2:34 PM

    It’s heartwarming to see elected officials concerned about Native American Welfare.

  93. mjkelly77 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:34 PM

    Eastern Michigan University athletic teams changed their name from the Hurons, a proper Native American tribe name to the Eagles. Why?

    Wayne State University athletic teams changed their name from the Tartars to the Warriors. Who were they going to offend? Nomads in Mongolia or Uzbekistan?

    The team name “Redskins” is very, very offensive and I’m surprised it has survived waves of political correctness.

  94. tvguy22 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:34 PM

    The Washington BadTurfs.

  95. blowpackblow says: Jan 9, 2013 2:34 PM

    PETA also wants the Bears and Lions to change their name after the years of abuse they have taken.

  96. flyboy123456 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:34 PM

    How about the Washington Crappyfields?

  97. okldr8daz says: Jan 9, 2013 2:35 PM

    StupidShanahan ?

  98. solomon151 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:35 PM

    Just take Washington off of their name. Good Enough for me!!!!

  99. ajgoldie says: Jan 9, 2013 2:36 PM

    it’s racist…no question about it

  100. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:36 PM

    A joke team in a joke city.

  101. sonopazzo6 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:36 PM

    All this PC nonsense makes me want to go on the warpath……how about just changing the name to the Washington White Liberals!

  102. jackdaniels1 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:36 PM

    How about the Washington Pelicans, and change the uniforms to a powder puff blue or pink. Or go old school and bring back the Washington Bullets

  103. govtminion says: Jan 9, 2013 2:36 PM

    “Washington Ligaments”?

  104. skoodsports says: Jan 9, 2013 2:36 PM

    Would Deadskins be better?

  105. elliottcovert says: Jan 9, 2013 2:36 PM

    I think if I wasn’t so used to hearing the name “Redskins” I would probably think it was a pretty offensive slur. Hearing it thousands of times has probably de-sensitized me to what would probably be a pretty shocking name if I had never heard it. I could not imagine that any team would name itself after a racial term like that anymore, even if it was a term that was not clearly offensive.

    On the other hand, it is also my understanding that most memers of the various American Indian communities in the US really don’t have a problem with the team’s name or the use of Indians as mascots generally, as long as thier depiction is not blatantly disrespectful.

  106. pooinyourface says: Jan 9, 2013 2:36 PM

    yes! I knew it! Washington Sentinals! Pleeeease sign Keeanu Reeves to play QB

  107. draculalambert says: Jan 9, 2013 2:37 PM

    Shannahan has very red skin which i find fitting…but that’s due to high blood pressure and bad aging.

  108. coachbeck says: Jan 9, 2013 2:37 PM

    Hahaha Liberalism strikes again. Sorry to my non liberal redskins fans. Would hate to see the Washington Native Americans.

  109. hedleykow says: Jan 9, 2013 2:38 PM

    The one thing I am more sick of than political correctness is people who are sick of political correctness.

    I hope it isn’t politically incorrect of me to hate people who hate political correctness.

  110. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Jan 9, 2013 2:38 PM

    Washington Fiscal Cliffs?

  111. blacknole08 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:38 PM

    My high school alta mater had the Redskins name too before we changed had to change it for the same reasons mentioned in the article.

    Ultimately, we ended up changing our name to….. the Raiders. lol

  112. hankhillspropanetank says: Jan 9, 2013 2:39 PM

    What of the American population is American Indian these days anyway. This is from the 2010 US Census:

    Indian Americans are citizens of the United States of Indian ancestry and comprise about 3.18 million people, or ~1.0% of the U.S. population

    Stop with the sensitivity. No disrespect to the true native Americans, I’m 1/32 Indian and I have no problems whatsoever with the name.

  113. bartlettruss says: Jan 9, 2013 2:41 PM

    Names like this have been wiped out in college unless the school gets the written permission of a particular tribe (i.e. Florida State Seminoles). “Redskins” is an offensive term and I’m surprised the league hasn’t already fixed this. Maybe it’s because there aren’t that many Native Americans left… but it is offensive and should be changed. We’d never tolerate a team called the Mississippi Blackskins…

    No offense intended here. I just want to put it in perspective.

  114. jwreck says: Jan 9, 2013 2:41 PM

    If the Crimson Tide can be a team name, how about the Fiscal Cliff?

  115. cosnow73 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:42 PM

    Let the heckling begin!! I don’t think there has been a better opportunity than now!! Let’s hear some nicknames people!

  116. jameyjame says: Jan 9, 2013 2:42 PM

    if the Indian tribes don’t care why should we? it’s a cool name and not meant to be offensive.

  117. thraiderskin says: Jan 9, 2013 2:43 PM

    I’m a Redskins fan, but changing the name seems more problematic than trying to associate the name with a different symbol. I completely get what the issue is, it is a racist name, but that isn’t why the fans of the team love them, it’s their history.

  118. bcjim says: Jan 9, 2013 2:44 PM

    All of a sudden? Has Gray mentioned this before? I mean he is only a lifelong DC resident.

  119. gbar22 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:44 PM

    If it weren’t for sports teams using awesome native american tribe names and slurs nobody in today’s world who isnt native american would give a damn about the native American culture period. If they want their names back I want the rights to all their casinos. They have already ruined several college teams must they also attack our pro sports teams as well? Also I don’t understand how they find it offensive. Should I be insulted that the celtics Vikings or Canadians use my heritage as their team nick name? To me they aren’t using the terms to hurt anyone. It’s all ridiculous.

  120. binkystevens says: Jan 9, 2013 2:44 PM

    I’m a Norwegian American and I am personally offended at the way the Minnesota Vikings portray my ancestors. Have you seen their mascot? He looks all big and scary! Oh wait, they’re actually honoring Scandinavians by naming their team after such a respected and passionate warrior.

    This redskins nonsense has to stop. And people need to stop being so sensitive.

  121. vertekal says: Jan 9, 2013 2:45 PM

    seriously .. who is going around calling someone a redskin? did they get this info from the 1890’s book of racial slurs?

  122. therillest says: Jan 9, 2013 2:45 PM

    Okay Ive totally missed something! I thought that when I heard about a team in DC needing to change their offensive name that they were talking about the Wizards. Still don’t know how chocolate city went for that one!

  123. boobsmcgoo says: Jan 9, 2013 2:46 PM

    Chocolate City Cornballs?

  124. countduku says: Jan 9, 2013 2:46 PM

    And in related news, the people of Washington are thinking of changing their Mayor…….

  125. cubano76 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:46 PM

    Oh shut up and go back to smoking crack like every other DC mayor!

  126. purplegreenandgold says: Jan 9, 2013 2:47 PM

    Washington Voiceofreasons

  127. SeenThisB4 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:47 PM

    Any chance they revive the old Washington Bullets nickname?

  128. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:47 PM

    The Washington Corrupt Politicians has a nice ring to it.

  129. caseyinkc says: Jan 9, 2013 2:47 PM

    Does this mean the Kansas City Chiefs are racists too? Give me a break…

  130. qdog112 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:49 PM

    As the very LAST team in the NFL to integrate, they will fight to the death to keep that name.

  131. calalex says: Jan 9, 2013 2:50 PM

    When asked for comment, Snyder simply stated: “If we’re forced to change the name of the franchise, you can just go ahead and bury my heart at wounded knee”

  132. bigdaddyraven says: Jan 9, 2013 2:50 PM

    The Washington Snakefish!

  133. jjbadd385 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:51 PM

    the Washington Native Americans? But seriously, if the mayor is offended, ask him to consider paying Native Americans some kind of repairations along with changing the name…I bet he’d lose interest in being so Politically Correct…the name Redskins isn’t really offensive anyway.

  134. gallaghedj311 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:51 PM

    vbe2 says:
    Jan 9, 2013 2:16 PM
    If I were the Redskins, I’d change it after this. From Washington Redskins to Landover Redskins. Teach that D.C. idiot a lesson.

    Love love love your comment! Spot on, buddy. Comment of the day!

  135. tdk24 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:52 PM

    How about they just change the name to Skins, and put a rainbow on their helmet.

  136. avgchiefsfan says: Jan 9, 2013 2:52 PM

    How about The Washington People Indigenous to the North America. That or something even more stupid.

  137. seahawks4alltime says: Jan 9, 2013 2:53 PM

    “The Washington Piscataway” has a nice ring to it. No one is talking about a complete rebranding other than the name. You don’t see the Chiefs changing their name. Heck, you could just call the team “The Washington Natives” and keep the same team logo.

  138. 1phd says: Jan 9, 2013 2:53 PM

    Washington ACLs?
    Washington DCs is actually a great name, when I think about it.

  139. drude64 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:54 PM

    How about the Washington Shananigans? (intentionally mispelled from “shenanigans”)

  140. travisdinthedistrict170 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:55 PM

    Never heard redskin used other than when referring to the team. Is it a slur if nobody uses it as one?

  141. thesmedman says: Jan 9, 2013 2:55 PM

    How about the DC Lobbyists?

    Or my favourite, the Washington Debtors…

  142. dirtysouthironmen says: Jan 9, 2013 2:56 PM

    I nominate the Washington Bullets.

  143. tcostant says: Jan 9, 2013 2:57 PM

    I think the name with change with the next few decades. Bottom line, in this politically correct world, it is just unacceptable. I think a great name would be the “Pigskins” and make the logo a football and all the faithful could still call them the ‘Skins.

  144. gogronk says: Jan 9, 2013 2:58 PM

    The Washington Cornball Brothers!

  145. charge1 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:58 PM

    I guess when the feds are investigating your campaign finances and everyone around you resigns in scandal. You decide to pick fights with chick fila and now the skins. Don’t worry the skins are not coming back to that hell hole.

  146. azskinsfan says: Jan 9, 2013 3:00 PM

    For the last time. NO!!!!!!

  147. jackblackshairyback says: Jan 9, 2013 3:00 PM

    Dan Snyder should Phil Leotardo this request….

    “I’ve considered it, and rejected it.”

  148. thejohnsmith1122 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:01 PM

    I’m from an area a decent amount of native americans and the past couple years most local high schools had to change thier names.

    Funny thing is I’m pretty sure all those people who publicly protested against using those names weren’t even native american.

  149. dgreenfi says: Jan 9, 2013 3:01 PM

    How about the Washington fightin’ RGIII’s? He’s the only player anyone talks about anyway.

  150. lambeaurules says: Jan 9, 2013 3:02 PM

    This just in…. birds of prey and horses would like all teams to change their names….. they feel slighted and offended!

  151. thesmedman says: Jan 9, 2013 3:02 PM

    Guess Adrian Fenty wasn’t such a bad mayor after all, eh, DC?

  152. salsendardo says: Jan 9, 2013 3:02 PM

    blackngold4life says: Jan 9, 2013 2:20 PM

    Never saw any Indians in DC Before

    ————————————————————-

    Thanks to smallpox and genocide…

  153. skids003 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:03 PM

    They better change it, or the President will issue an executive order to do it.

  154. countyk66ers says: Jan 9, 2013 3:03 PM

    There was something ironic about a team with a positive Native American symbol beating a team with racist connotations in their logo.

  155. alaricsrevenge says: Jan 9, 2013 3:04 PM

    How about the Blackhawks. Or better yet, the Wounded Knees.

  156. kane337 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:04 PM

    Change the name to Red Baron’s. Use a frozen pizza as a logo. You get private sponsorship dollars. Everyone wins.

  157. mikehall714 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:05 PM

    Lay off the crack.

  158. nykingfan says: Jan 9, 2013 3:07 PM

    Perhaps he should be worrying about his insane murder rate before worrying about a team nickname.
    Are these people really that stupid or do they just pretend to be? (rhetorical question)

  159. bigcarguy1 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:08 PM

    A “redskin” is actually the derogatory name given the the bodies of dead Native American fighters. The name is more than just the Irish or the Indians. these we men that were killed trying to defend their land…just a thought

  160. shrshot says: Jan 9, 2013 3:09 PM

    Headline should read “DC Mayor wants to ensure the Redskins do NOT move back to DC”

    After he gets thrown out of office by the FBI or local authorities for all his campaign shenanigans, paying BS candidates to heckle the incumbent and dilute the vote he wont worry about the team name.

    Also, using the Wizards as an example for anything is just a bad idea

  161. brownspower says: Jan 9, 2013 3:11 PM

    Things are apparently running very smoothly in DC and the mayor doesn’t have enough to do.

    Overheard at the mayor’s lunch table:
    “Hey I got an idea, maybe we can get the football team to change their name to the GRAYskins!”

  162. trackman12 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:13 PM

    When all is said and done we get the government we deserve.

  163. finleye says: Jan 9, 2013 3:13 PM

    Washington Diplomats

  164. somekat says: Jan 9, 2013 3:14 PM

    “Washington Corrupt Officials” has a nice ring to it

  165. dvdman123 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:14 PM

    One thing you’ve got to admit it’s pretty stupid when you have teams NOT playing their home games in the cities (or states)they are named after. New York Giants (Meadowlands,New Jersey) Washington Redskins (Landover, Maryland) and New England Patriots (Foxboro,Mass.) .

  166. Grulks says: Jan 9, 2013 3:14 PM

    A lot of people think it isn’t offensive (including me).

    Some people say it isnt offensive, that DC is honoring native americans.

    I think the second part is too far. You can’t with a straight face, tell me that the Washington Cotton Pickers, with a depiction of a black man on it, would be considered “honoring” African Americans. Thats a WAY over the top generalization to illustrate the point. but that’s essentially the jist of it.

  167. macwomack says: Jan 9, 2013 3:15 PM

    Ranchers and miners stole Indian lands and tried to exterminate whole tribes…. naming a team after these groups of racists is truely offensive.

  168. pillowporkers says: Jan 9, 2013 3:16 PM

    bengalsstillsuck says:
    Jan 9, 2013 2:29 PM
    The Indians,irish,Vikings, an some others should also change there names lol get real.

    ———————————————–

    Don’t try and compare “redskins” to “indians”. Get real.

  169. pesh00 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:16 PM

    Washington Generals….

  170. whatjusthapped says: Jan 9, 2013 3:16 PM

    This is just beyond stupid. The previous mayor gets caught on video tape doing blow in a hotel room with hookers and what happens next?

    He gets re-elected.

    If that doesn’t speak to the stupidity of the Washington DC voter, tell me what does? It’s pretty hard to offend stupid people, they lack the intelligence to comprehend the insult in the first place so why is the mayor of Washington DC concerned about this?

  171. thundersnacker says: Jan 9, 2013 3:18 PM

    Having driven through MD, DC, and VA, I think the Washington Rednecks would be most appropriate.

  172. justintuckrule says: Jan 9, 2013 3:19 PM

    If anyone should be offended by the Washington Redskins name it should be anyone named “Washington”.

  173. kracker315 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:20 PM

    Why dont we just call them the ” Head Coach Leaves His Players In To Long and Lets Them Tear Their ACL and LCL Skins” That’s much more politically correct!

  174. frozenrope15 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:20 PM

    How about the Washington Corrupt Politicians… I don’t think too many people who be offended by that!

  175. crj202 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:22 PM

    Well continue to be cursed until its changed

  176. bobleblah says: Jan 9, 2013 3:22 PM

    How about just “the Skins”

  177. pike573 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:23 PM

    Kinda figure the comments section would go like this. But that nickname is really, really racist. We wouldn’t stand for the Blackskins or the Yellowskins so why is this one OK?

  178. dumbpollack says: Jan 9, 2013 3:25 PM

    Not a skins fan or a Native American but this is stupid. Where’s Marion Barry? At least he didn’t concern himself with such nonsense!!!

  179. cbs1971 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:25 PM

    “Washington Pigskins”

    FIXED!!!

  180. rascalmanny says: Jan 9, 2013 3:26 PM

    The country voted for this stuff November 6, 2012.

    More is coming. Congratulations!

  181. peytonsneck18 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:27 PM

    how about the “washington overateds”

  182. kenmasters34 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:29 PM

    The Mayor wants the Redskins back in DC…. and that’s how he starts the conversation?

    Ironically, that’s how the conversation ends.

  183. mungman69 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:30 PM

    The D.C. Redskins.

  184. edithpiaf51 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:30 PM

    sorry for my keyboard skipping. it should say from a mayer that embezzled more money than the executives at Enron

    it shoudl say change the logo

  185. mungman69 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:30 PM

    The Maryland Redskins.

  186. FinFan68 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:31 PM

    mjkelly77 says:
    Jan 9, 2013 2:34 PM
    The team name “Redskins” is very, very offensive and I’m surprised it has survived waves of political correctness.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Why exactly is it offensive to you? Do you feel personally slighted in some way?

  187. jwreck says: Jan 9, 2013 3:31 PM

    If they can name a team “the Crimson Tide”, how about “the Fiscal Cliff”?

  188. kracker315 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:31 PM

    Baseball has teams like this too, The Indians, The Yankees, Then there’s also teams like, The Rebels… I could go on. Does every team name have to be after an animal for goodness sake????

  189. getyourownname says: Jan 9, 2013 3:32 PM

    The name is from an older time with different attitudes. If you were starting from scratch, it should be changed.

    However:

    1. DC pols have been pontificating about this for years. It’s not remotely a news item, assuming “news” means some new development worth reporting. Of course, if it means “hey, give me something to generate web page hits,” then that’s different.

    2. Just like before, it’s not happening. Period.

    3. Gray is a senile blithering idiot. In addition to either being oblivious about his campaign operations or lying about what his staffers were doing (campaign law violations – long story, see numerous WaPo articles), he has no sense of reality regarding his or DC’s control over the situation. Honestly, he makes rocks look smart.

  190. ragingmouse says: Jan 9, 2013 3:32 PM

    What about…”the Bullets”?

    …oh yeah, that’s right.

  191. edithpiaf51 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:34 PM

    Someone said

    Wayne State University athletic teams changed their name from the Tartars to the Warriors. Who were they going to offend? Nomads in Mongolia or Uzbekistan?

    Yes I agree, Tartars would only offend some Mongolians or South Odessians. However Wayne State has offended persons with disabilities. IN 2004, they deported a conference goer because the person needed assistance for mobility. So much for politically correctness. This is more offensive than the Redskins name will ever be.

  192. therealhazer says: Jan 9, 2013 3:35 PM

    I didn’t know there were any Indians left to protest.

  193. jamaltimore says: Jan 9, 2013 3:37 PM

    Wounded Knees? still going with the indian theme?

  194. seanb20124 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:38 PM

    Vincent Gray has his own problems, expect him to be indicted soon

  195. stratomaticfan says: Jan 9, 2013 3:38 PM

    What a joke. The name was given for the fierce fighting style of the Native Americans. People should take it in the way it was intended rather than being offended. Political Correct has gone too far.

  196. jahmic says: Jan 9, 2013 3:39 PM

    Oh please. I live in DC and have never heard a single person, American Indian or otherwise, complain about the Redskins name.

    I’m sure that’s true. But that’s also because there are no native Americans living even close to the ‘American’ capital. (History might tell us something about this…) Go out west, you might see some, but they sure aren’t going to be hanging the local suburban redneck bar. If you do go out west, you probably won’t see them talking about football, or even living well.

  197. rcali says: Jan 9, 2013 3:41 PM

    It’s nice of Mr. Grey to take some time away from defending himself against his corruption charges to make a statement about the Redskins.

  198. shukey11 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:44 PM

    If the redskins have to change their name, I propose the following changes to other franchises in other leagues as well. NFL
    jets. in new york? bad taste. lions jaguars bengals have to go as those animals are not native to the Americas. raiders gone. the only raiding going on in oakland is done by the police. chiefs done. as we do not live in tribes. vikings never made their way to Minnesota. when was the last time you saw a bear in Chicago? Bucs change your name unless you move to Somalia. Lakers please change your name. I was unaware that there were lakes in LA im not gonna keep going on.

  199. jwreck says: Jan 9, 2013 3:45 PM

    thundersnacker says: Jan 9, 2013 3:18 PM

    Having driven through MD, DC, and VA, I think the Washington Rednecks would be most appropriate.
    ________
    Four thumbs up? Where the hell were you driving? This is one of the most affluent areas in the country. In addition to eleven of the top 100 public high schools in the nation, the DC metropolitan area has a larger percentage of its population occupying white collar jobs than anywhere else in America.

  200. murraychadwick says: Jan 9, 2013 3:47 PM

    Why doesn’t anybody ever go after New York to have them change the name of the “Yankees”? I get quite offended when southerners use that name in veign towards people from the north…..:/

  201. lucky5936 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:47 PM

    I am sure the owners of the team got togegher 80 years ago and sought out a way to offend Indians for the next 8 decades by using the name REDSKINS.

  202. mojosmagic says: Jan 9, 2013 3:49 PM

    It is a slur though not intentional. You would never consider naming a new team the Redskins, Blackskins, or Whiteskins. Time to change the name.

  203. lionsfan2014 says: Jan 9, 2013 3:49 PM

    Someone just needs to show Snyder how much $$$ he will make when all of the fans go to buy new jersey, sweatshirts, hats, bumper stickers, flags, etc. Then they’ll start a cycle of changing their name every 5-10 years.

  204. azarkhan says: Jan 9, 2013 3:53 PM

    Whazza matter, Mayor Gray? Slow day embezzling taxpayer money so you thought you’d make an asinine statement and get some cheap publicity?

  205. kw27p says: Jan 9, 2013 3:54 PM

    deadskins sounds good

  206. jintzforever says: Jan 9, 2013 3:55 PM

    Jesus not this BS again

  207. rr2000k says: Jan 9, 2013 4:00 PM

    How come Notre Dame can stereotype the Irish as fighting leprechauns, and that is ok?….oh wait.

  208. thundersnacker says: Jan 9, 2013 4:00 PM

    murraychadwick says: Jan 9, 2013 3:47 PM

    Why doesn’t anybody ever go after New York to have them change the name of the “Yankees”? I get quite offended when southerners use that name in veign towards people from the north…..:/

    —————————————————-
    I’ve lived in “the North” all my life and have only seen people smile when they hear the word “yankee” from a southerner, if by southerner you mean redneck.

  209. mjkelly77 says: Jan 9, 2013 4:01 PM

    edithpiaf51 says:Jan 9, 2013 3:34 PM

    Someone said

    Wayne State University athletic teams changed their name from the Tartars to the Warriors. Who were they going to offend? Nomads in Mongolia or Uzbekistan?

    Yes I agree, Tartars would only offend some Mongolians or South Odessians. However Wayne State has offended persons with disabilities. IN 2004, they deported a conference goer because the person needed assistance for mobility. So much for politically correctness. This is more offensive than the Redskins name will ever be.
    ____________

    Nine year old news. Once upon a time they enslaved African Americans, too. What you say may or may not have happened; it’s unfortunate if it did. In any case, it just ain’t that way anymore. And I can tell you’re not Native American or you’d understand exactly how demeaning the term “redskin” is.

  210. ruvelligwebuike says: Jan 9, 2013 4:03 PM

    Since naming your team after a valiant warrior who was ultimately defeated, who’s spirit lives on today is apparently offensive, I say we go the opposite route. No more Vikings, Redskins, whatever.

    Let’s honor the winners instead, as that is not offensive to anyone. I’m going with Washington Oppression.

  211. JSpicoli says: Jan 9, 2013 4:04 PM

    I’m Offended by everything and want to be referred to as “Edge”

  212. kmartin173 says: Jan 9, 2013 4:06 PM

    Change the name from Washington, being associated with anything there is an embarrassment.

  213. sschmiggles says: Jan 9, 2013 4:08 PM

    Meanwhile, if they were named the Rednecks or the Hillbillies, every rural white person from Virginia to Colorado would be throwing a fit.

  214. devildog911 says: Jan 9, 2013 4:08 PM

    Washington Waterboys….

  215. timbuttrum says: Jan 9, 2013 4:08 PM

    DC residents should consider changing their mayor

  216. bigblackanvil says: Jan 9, 2013 4:10 PM

    Patriot42 says: Jan 9, 2013 2:22 PM

    I think those that live in DC should change their names to leeches.

    139

    1
    ______________________________________
    I live in the District. The statement is too general and can be easily taken the wrong way.What exactly are you trying to say?

  217. hodous says: Jan 9, 2013 4:10 PM

    This is ridiculous this country has really changed for the worse.. what about the Bears! 30 people are mauled and some are endangered… or what about the patriots how many british people were killed cause of these people? The Vikings pillaged and plundered and raped women… the packers, well lol we all know what they do behind closed doors.

  218. jwreck says: Jan 9, 2013 4:11 PM

    bartlettruss says: Jan 9, 2013 2:41 PM

    Names like this have been wiped out in college unless the school gets the written permission of a particular tribe (i.e. Florida State Seminoles).
    ___________
    The Redskins name has been officially sanctioned by some tribe, somewhere. Which one, I don’t know, but I’m guessing it’s one without a lot of casinos, because I’m pretty sure their “permission” is really just a fat, fat check from Dan Snyder.

  219. jccarrollccrider says: Jan 9, 2013 4:12 PM

    I agree.
    And while we are at it, Chiefs, Buccaneers, Cowboys, Vikings, and Raiders are all incredibly offensive too.
    Don’t get me started on the Browns and the Packers!

  220. jrmalo23 says: Jan 9, 2013 4:15 PM

    I just witnessed the Univ. of ND go through this same battle, losing the Fighting Sioux nickname. Nothing degrading, in fact it promotes attention to the heritage of a lost culture.

    Despite winning numerous NCAA hockey championships and a multitude of success in other sports, unfortunately a lot of it comes down to money. I guess paying homage to the people and giving Native Americans 100% tuitions to UND isn’t enough.

    This is just the beginning of the end of the ‘Redskins’.

  221. devildog911 says: Jan 9, 2013 4:17 PM

    Washington 32nd Place…

  222. jojopuppyfish says: Jan 9, 2013 4:18 PM

    Forget about the name change, why would the Redskins ever move back to DC?
    Dan Snyder has made them one of the most profitable teams because jack kent cooke made a great deal by getting out of DC.

  223. yourstupidityknowsnobounds says: Jan 9, 2013 4:22 PM

    dvdman123 says:
    Jan 9, 2013 3:14 PM
    One thing you’ve got to admit it’s pretty stupid when you have teams NOT playing their home games in the cities (or states)they are named after. New York Giants (Meadowlands,New Jersey) Washington Redskins (Landover, Maryland) and New England Patriots (Foxboro,Mass.) .

    Uhhh, last time I checked Foxboro, MA is part of New England, Mr. Geography Scholar.

  224. texansdude says: Jan 9, 2013 4:22 PM

    They should change the name to The Human Beings. When is Community coming back, and will it stink this year?

  225. spitsfire says: Jan 9, 2013 4:25 PM

    I had read a few years ago that Snyder and/or some team officials had patented the name and logo designs for another name for a football team…

    “Washington Warriors”

    I suppose they did that in case the firestorm got too great or something in the future but I definitely remember hearing and reading that a few years ago for what it’s worth…

  226. wolfmanpatriot says: Jan 9, 2013 4:27 PM

    Maybe the mayor should change his name. Gray, gives the impression that all elderly people are thieving politicians

  227. evrybdyhas1 says: Jan 9, 2013 4:28 PM

    Audubon society and PETA also want the exploitation stopped!

  228. 13arod says: Jan 9, 2013 4:35 PM

    how about the washington robert griffien’s sounds preety good to me

  229. sophiethegreatdane says: Jan 9, 2013 4:40 PM

    I’m offended by the name Washington Redskins, too. It’s disgraceful.

    They should just call themselves the Redskins.

  230. azarkhan says: Jan 9, 2013 4:46 PM

    bigblackanvil says: Jan 9, 2013 4:10 PM

    Patriot42 says: I think those that live in DC should change their names to leeches.
    _____________________________________
    I live in the District. The statement is too general and can be easily taken the wrong way.What exactly are you trying to say?
    —–

    He’s saying that the majority of people in the DC metropolitan area either work for the Federal government or for companies that do business with the federal government. Either way, they are leeching off the American taxpayer. BTW, he’s right.

  231. gopackgocausecowboysblow says: Jan 9, 2013 4:48 PM

    How about the Politicians stay away from benign things as sports team nicknames and fix the corruption and wasteful spending that permeates so much of all forms of government. Leave the Redskins be the Redskins

  232. jacktheraven says: Jan 9, 2013 4:50 PM

    Being a Ravens fan, I do get the identity problem with being DC’s team, training in VA, and playing in MD. Make up your mind!. But, don’t change your name.

  233. nld33 says: Jan 9, 2013 5:01 PM

    Mascots are proud symbols. Thats why you use an Indian Warrior or a Viking etc. They are not something you name your team to degrade it. These critics are taking the name wrong.

  234. timbuttrum says: Jan 9, 2013 5:02 PM

    “He’s saying that the majority of people in the DC metropolitan area either work for the Federal government or for companies that do business with the federal government. Either way, they are leeching off the American taxpayer. BTW, he’s right.”

    As a contractor who’s number 1 client is the government, I’m one of those leeches and I agree with you.

  235. beelicker says: Jan 9, 2013 5:28 PM

    Keep the Logo & mascot …. just call them the Pre-Columbians.

  236. krank00 says: Jan 9, 2013 5:36 PM

    First of all I am 1/4 Cherokee and not offended by the nickname.

    I am 3/4 anglo and live in Texas. I am not offended by the Texans name nor the Cowboys.

    That said, if the white folks had not played such a great game of Cowboys and Indians there might be a lot more people complaining about the name.

  237. 1967forever says: Jan 9, 2013 5:36 PM

    Washington Redskins–very inappropriate.

    Landover Redskins–fixed

    On second thought, there are probably more Washingtons in Washington that Redskins. How about the Washington Washingtons?

  238. stoytashaan says: Jan 9, 2013 5:39 PM

    I have been campaigning for years to have the Cowboys change their name to the Cowpersons. Let’s face it, the Cheerleaders are a bigger draw than the team at this point.

  239. vikingdoode says: Jan 9, 2013 5:46 PM

    Washington Federal Deficits …

    Team Color All Red

  240. bigalhebdman says: Jan 9, 2013 5:51 PM

    I wonder if Harry Potter finds the name Wizards offensive?

  241. edithpiaf51 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:24 PM

    I am French from the south of France, so should I be offended by the fact that the New Orleans Saints have le fleur de lys as their symbol? I think this entire thing is silly. Teams are named things that we like, not degrade.

    I like the idea one guy said about changing the logo of the Redskins to a potato. Or I say change it to a red cabbage. Now no one can be offended, everyone likes food.

  242. selldannysell says: Jan 9, 2013 6:27 PM

    Washington Warpath.

  243. edithpiaf51 says: Jan 9, 2013 6:36 PM

    sopeone said

    “One thing you’ve got to admit it’s pretty stupid when you have teams NOT playing their home games in the cities (or states)they are named after. New York Giants (Meadowlands,New Jersey) Washington Redskins (Landover, Maryland) and New England Patriots (Foxboro,Mass.) .

    Uhhh, last time I checked Foxboro, MA is part of New England, Mr. Geography Scholar.

    1 Yes Foxboro is part of New England as is all of Massachussettes.
    2 The NY Giants were always NY, the reason they are not called NJ is originally they were playing in Yankee stadium and then the Meadowlands was built to house both the Jets and the Giants. Also The Meadowlands is right over the NY border.
    3 Redskins are called Washington, the same reason that when I just went to a PhD residency (I am a doctoral student) in Arlington in Crytal city near Reagan National Airport they called it Washington because it is part of the neighbouring DC area.

  244. polapea says: Jan 9, 2013 6:56 PM

    Way to go Mayor Gray. This issue is WAY more important than the rampant black on black crime that makes your city such a shining light.

  245. upperdecker19 says: Jan 9, 2013 7:02 PM

    Washington “Casino Beneficiaries”

  246. randallflagg52 says: Jan 9, 2013 7:07 PM

    I love the “well I’m 1/40th native american and I don’t have a problem with the name”. I hope you know how ridiculous you sound.

    For the record the name shouldn’t be changed, but stop calling them the Washington Redskins, they have nothing to do with D.C.

  247. skinsfaninnebraska says: Jan 9, 2013 7:24 PM

    The Native folks who are acting all upset about this need to step back a minute and think:

    No one would deliberately name a team something he thought was a racial slur. It just doesn’t make sense to do so, therefore Mr Marshall would not have done it.

    Everyone who has his or her undies all in a bunch over this needs to stop, take a deep breath, realize this is really a non-issue, and get on with their lives.

  248. goodellhatesfootball says: Jan 9, 2013 7:25 PM

    edithpiaf51,
    “I am French from the south of France, so should I be offended by the fact that the New Orleans Saints have le fleur de lys as their symbol?

    Are you seriously comparing the two? The term “Redskins” is, has been, and always will be a blatantly racial slur against a group of people. There is absolutely no comparison here – how do you not realize this?

  249. sikologik says: Jan 9, 2013 7:26 PM

    blackngold4life says:
    Jan 9, 2013 2:20 PM
    Never saw any Indians in DC Before

    Speaking of which, maybe we should get that baseball team in Cleveland to change their name to “Native Americans.” Or, change the logo to a picture of a gas station owner. As it is now though, there is no correlation between the picture and the team’s name. And I’m pretty sure calling Native Americans “Indians” is equally offensive.

  250. philtration says: Jan 9, 2013 7:35 PM

    Just call them the Foreskins.

    Oh wait…. the Cowboys already have that one locked up.

  251. monkeesfan says: Jan 9, 2013 7:38 PM

    Mayor Gray has no leg to stand on here. The Redskins name is a good name. Period. The only ones offended are the self-anointed intellectual class who think they know more than they do.

  252. kenstabler says: Jan 9, 2013 7:43 PM

    I’m sure any name change will have to go through the Senate and the House. Which means nothing will get done.

  253. seachicken64 says: Jan 9, 2013 7:47 PM

    Washington Swine!

  254. rgthrizzle says: Jan 9, 2013 7:57 PM

    Nice timing Gray. Right after 1st playoff appearance in 5 years and the day of the biggest knee surgery in the history of sports. Trying to get in the national spotlight?? We know you don’t care about the name Redskins, you only care about the name Vincent Gray

  255. ontheteebox says: Jan 9, 2013 8:26 PM

    Change the “Team Song” while they are at it!

  256. thunderskins007 says: Jan 9, 2013 8:38 PM

    i am white and proud of it. name the team the washington whiteys and i will become a season ticket holder!

  257. nineroutsider says: Jan 9, 2013 9:08 PM

    The term ‘Redskin’ is in fact a racial slur, a pejorative, or whatever you want to call it, from way back in the day. However, in naming their team after them, they are actually honoring them. America went through a period of great reverence for Native Americans which still exists today. When they chose the name, they weren’t thinking in the terms that hopefully most of us think in today. They wanted a name that connoted a fierce warrior. In that way, it honors them even though the name had been used as a pejorative by the prior generation.

    This name reflects the transformation of American society when you really think about it. That is why they should keep it.

  258. skinsgal4life says: Jan 9, 2013 9:17 PM

    I don’t see where the name “Redskins” is any different than “Chiefs”, “Braves”, “Indians”, etc. I think any team name can be offensive to someone who takes it that way. Aren’t there much more important things to worry about? I’m one-eighth Native American and I have no problem with the name whatsoever.

  259. isthereanyusernamesleft says: Jan 9, 2013 9:28 PM

    How about the Washington small pox???

  260. gt40bear says: Jan 9, 2013 10:08 PM

    How about the “Washington Glorious Native American People” the Washington G-Naps!

  261. blackandgoldblood says: Jan 9, 2013 10:11 PM

    Given the historically superb contracts doled out by ownership (Fat Albert, anyone?) and the proximity to our remarkably efficient Federal HQ, jumble the letters somewhat to reveal the eternal truth: the Washington Red Inks.

  262. edithpiaf51 says: Jan 9, 2013 10:46 PM

    Are you seriously comparing the two? The term “Redskins” is, has been, and always will be a blatantly racial slur against a group of people. There is absolutely no comparison here – how do you not realize this?

    First of all I was kidding, I was demonsrating how silly this whole thing is. I think politically correctness is a damn waste of time. I think we need to stop wasting time on this sillinees

  263. johnnyballsack says: Jan 9, 2013 11:20 PM

    Go to an Indian Reservation and start calling the residents “Redskins”, see what kind of reaction you get and then tell me it is not a racist name. It would be like going to Compton or Harlem and spewing the N-word.

    I doubt a Texan would be offended by being called one, nor would a Cowboy or a Chief. It would be like calling someone from New York a New Yorker, someone who works at a bank a Banker, or a highly ranked military officer a General. So give up the comparisons. It makes you all look ignorant and uninformed.

    (side note- the city had nothing to do with the Bullets being renamed the Wizards. It was Abe Pollin’s decision alone because he didn’t want his legacy to be associated with violence. Here is a quote right after the name change:
    “I just came back from Israel, where I attended the funeral of my good friend, Prime Minister [Yitzhak] Rabin,” Pollin said. “My friend was shot in the back by bullets. The name Bullets for a sports team is no longer appropriate…..”)

  264. mcarey032 says: Jan 9, 2013 11:53 PM

    This mayor is a clown and a demagogue. He is using the publicity from RGIII and the redskins success this year to draw attention to his political base. He is a symbol with not only what’s wrong with Washington, but what’s wrong with our political system.

    Does he think that the Redskins are going to change their names? Don’t think so. It doesn’t matter even if the city comes back begging for a stadium, Snyder will stay in MD or go to Virginia.

    Glad to see that the old political game of a attacking sports teams works while your own administration is under fire for corruption charges and the city is falling apart. Take up the standard though and fight the political battles that really mean something though Mayor. Because we know changing the name from Bullets to Wizards dropped the crime rate and was a major reason the murder rate was at an all time high and continues to be in the top 10.

  265. patsfan13 says: Jan 10, 2013 6:59 AM

    Maybe if the team changes it’s name to the Washington Congressmen, the fans won’t expect anything from them.

  266. jjbadd385 says: Jan 10, 2013 9:48 AM

    I thought this country, as well as many of us on these forums beleived in the Constitution, & the rights of every man, woman, & child. Does this beleif that we all seem to have, exclude Dan Snyder? Is it not his right to name his team whatever he chooses? I mean why demand that a man give up his rights to satisfy yours? I am from the deep south where racism tends to be more common, but I have never heard anyone, white, black, or native american complain about “Redskin”… furthermore, my Grandparents on my fathers side were more than half Indian… I just dont think it is a racist term…

  267. manhorse69 says: Jan 10, 2013 10:29 AM

    The name is a slur, there are just fewer Native Americans around than many other ethnic groups so people don’t realize the name is offensive. It’s not a tribe name like the Hurons or Seminoles. Or a nationality like the Irish. It’s not celebratory, like the Braves. It’s derogatory. They might as well be called the scalpers. It would be like the Spurs being called the fence jumpers or the wetbacks.

  268. haroldoftherocks says: Jan 10, 2013 12:41 PM

    johnnyballsack is right on.

    You don’t think ‘Redskin’ is a racist term? Then drive into an Indian Reservation and use it. Trepidation? Why?

    Redskin = Blackskin. There’s no difference. If you think Indians don’t mind Redskin, then you must also think black people wouldn’t mind being called blackskin.

    Chiefs, Braves, and Warriors are not the same as Redskin.

    Just because the term isn’t offensive to you doesn’t mean it isn’t offensive.

    I’ve been a DC resident since 1988.

  269. comeonnowguys says: Jan 10, 2013 1:01 PM

    Harold pretty much nailed it. Native american reference doesn’t automatically make it offensive.

    But if you think the term “Redskin” isn’t offensive, then you’re likely not one, or too hung up on tradition and sentimentality to do the right thing.

  270. jtm18113 says: Jan 10, 2013 5:54 PM

    Perhaps the Buffalo Bills should change their name too. Guys named Bill should be offended at how their namesake plays football.

  271. jjbadd385 says: Jan 10, 2013 6:56 PM

    ok i agree with another poster. If everyone is so intent on doing the right thing, being pollitically correct and all, lets not just change the name of a football team, that aint nearly enough, everyone that has a deed to land, how about give them up. Let’s give their land back, change the name of the Redskins and issue a public apology & pay them for our forefathers stealing from them. While you’re at it, pay another race for opressing their ancestors that worked the stolen land. Or… just leave everything where its at, and strive to not ever let it happen again, and accept that changing a name wont change what happened.

  272. istateyourname says: Jan 10, 2013 8:32 PM

    According to testimony for a Senate committee by Sen. Nighthorse (I think he’s dead now) the term Redskin has nothing to do with skin color but it goes back to the days when there were bounties on Indians and you could get paid for killing & scalping (that’s the red skin) them.

    So yeah, the term is probably a little offensive and most people don’t even know why.

  273. newpc1953 says: Jan 10, 2013 10:14 PM

    Why not confuse everybody? The Wizards had a name change a while back. So their old name is available. Just change it from Redskins to Bullets.

  274. echoplex89 says: Jan 11, 2013 5:23 AM

    Not gonna happen.

    Look at our history books and you get little discussion about native americans and they’re place in history beyond thanksgiving.

    Most people generally don’t know much history so they aren’t offended by it.

    There also aren’t enough American Indians left to do anything about it.

  275. rgiddens says: Jan 11, 2013 3:52 PM

    To those of you who are opposed to the idea of changing the name: if a team was called the Washington Cracker Jacks or the Washington Chinamen, would you also think this is too “politically correct”?

  276. i10east says: Jan 11, 2013 4:25 PM

    Washington Potomacs

  277. istateyourname says: Jan 11, 2013 7:52 PM

    OK so the guy isn’t dead but he did say the red skins were the bloody scalps of the injuns…

  278. vcjones69 says: Jan 11, 2013 9:59 PM

    As someone of Indian decent, I do not find the name offensive. I’m a huge Redskins fan. We love our team name, our logo emblem and our colors. We don’t need DC. It’s nothing but a rundown criminal element. The stadium is just fine where it’s at. We don’t need to go into DC and worry about getting shot, mugged, car jacked or anything else while just trying to go to a football game. If they did build a stadium, it would be in the worse area imaginable and no thank you!!

  279. 2difshoe says: Jan 12, 2013 11:02 AM

    How about considering changing Mayors.

  280. boon613 says: Jan 12, 2013 1:57 PM

    I’m a Native man and do not find this team name offensive. In fact, I cheer for the Redskins. What other race is a professional sports team name? HAIL

  281. ghouchens says: Jan 12, 2013 3:44 PM

    If the Redskins are planning to move to Washington DC, how about renaming the team the Washington Troughfeeders? Or maybe, the Washington Fiddlers (like Nero)?

  282. redhoffer says: Jan 12, 2013 4:00 PM

    It’s sad how someone wanting to change a nickname which is little used anywhere as it has a racist base and offends a large group of people is dismissed as “PC”. The Anti-PC movement is many times more powerfuil than the politically correct movement yet these anti-PC types see themselves as quaint little victims of an imaginary majority. Why wouldn’t we change a nickname that offends a race of people? There’s so many other choices.

  283. skinsfaninnebraska says: Jan 13, 2013 12:36 AM

    As a former season ticket holder, I can tell you that I always held my breath leaving RFK until we were out of SE DC. Whenever we saw a car that had broken down along I-295 it was always completely stripped down. One could only wonder what might have happened to its driver and/or passengers.

    The franchise is just fine where they are, and FedEx Field is a quality facility. No reason even to consider moving back into DC.

  284. defscottyb says: Jan 13, 2013 1:36 AM

    Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that my grandmother was 100% Cherokee Indian and she was a huge Redskins fan. She had no problem with the name.

  285. kdev says: Jan 13, 2013 5:14 PM

    i think some people just go through here clicking the thumbs down button without even reading the response…

  286. gregmorris78 says: Jan 13, 2013 9:59 PM

    Sour grapes

    aren’t there bigger fish to fry?

  287. bobbyhoying says: Jan 14, 2013 2:40 PM

    Change the name to the Washington Debtors!

  288. reach4succeed says: Jan 14, 2013 6:02 PM

    If the Redskins have to change their name then the Seahawks must also since they offend all birds. Seaweeds would be much improved.

  289. genaro1331 says: Jan 14, 2013 6:29 PM

    Didnt their mayor smoke crack?

  290. edithpiaf51 says: Jan 14, 2013 6:36 PM

    Yes the mayor smoked crack

  291. peoplesrepublic0fdabayarea says: Jan 14, 2013 9:31 PM

    Washington Warriors

    /thread

  292. mnrube23 says: Jan 15, 2013 10:49 AM

    This names need to change! How fast would the team name change if it was the Crackers or Negros? If that was the case every one would be pissed and it would change so quickly. So why is this different? Just change the team name to the Natives and it would be fine…or try White Trash..or Black Skins.

  293. ejmat2 says: Jan 15, 2013 4:30 PM

    Isn’t it funny how the city of DC would be worried about a nickname??? Don’t they have other issues to worry about that are more important? By the way, Washington DC is the city that watched the most porn in the US. Not to mention the corrupt politicians ruining our great nation. But yet, they are worried about a football nickname that has been around for centuries. Really???

  294. MyTeamsAllStink says: Jan 15, 2013 4:34 PM

    Washington Federals.i like it

  295. negativten says: Jan 15, 2013 10:56 PM

    how about the Wahington Casino Owners?They dont take offense to having casinos handed to them.

  296. 7nationals says: Jan 16, 2013 11:42 AM

    I am what most of you would call Native American. We call ourselves Cherokees. My dad is a 4/4 Cherokee and has been a Redskin Fan all of his life. I have no problem with the name or the logo. What I have a problem with is the continued encroachment of Indian owned lands. If you think the injustices( to include Genocide) by the American Govt toward s the indigenous population was over back in the Wild West days think again.

  297. diealreadyralphwilson says: Jan 16, 2013 11:44 AM

    Most Native Americans are deeply insulted by Redskins, and other similarly insensitive sports nicknames. How would you like it if New England were the Drunken Leprechauns or Atlanta the Redneck Crackers?? I’m not PC at all, read my Username… I’m just not racist.

  298. 7nationals says: Jan 16, 2013 11:45 AM

    News Flash, The Redskins play in Maryland for a reason. They have no inclination or any valid reason to move back to DC. This reminds me of the Arlington Cowboys, The Mayor of Dallas told Jerry he would not get one dime of support for his Palace. He built it anyways, didn’t he?

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