If the Washington Redskins were thinking about adding the Nepean Redskins of Ottawa to the “hey these other teams use the name to so it must be OK” database, it’s too late.
According to the Canadian Press, the Nepean Redskins opted to ditch the name under mounting pressure regarding its offensive nature.
The club’s president, Steve Dean, said the change will cost $100,000 (U.S.), which is likely a fairly large chunk of change for an amateur football team.
The move comes a day after Rick Reilly’s intellectually dishonest (and incredibly late to the party) parade of horribles regarding other potentially offensive nicknames, like Saints, Angels, and Wizards. Reilly also harvests quotes from a couple of Native Americans who aren’t offended by the term, presumes that only white people are, and completely ignores the increasing efforts of Native American groups like the Oneida Nation to fight the name.
But at least Reilly is certain to get an interview with Daniel Snyder when Monday Night Football returns to FedEx Field on November 25.
In the interim, Reilly also should interview Steve Dean of the Nepean soon-to-not-be-Redskins and officials from the Oneida Nation regarding why they think the name should go away — and whether Redskins really has the same connotation as Chiefs, Indians, Braves, Irish, or perhaps the most potentially offensive label of all: Dude Who Wrote The Movie Leatherheads.