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In open letter to fans, Dan Snyder changes his tone

Washington Redskins team owner Dan Snyder is pictured before the Washington Redskins vs Dallas Cowboys NFL football game in Landover Reuters

Redskins owner Dan Snyder hasn’t changed his feelings about the calls for him to change his team’s nickname. But he has changed his tone in responding to those calls.

In a letter to season ticket holders, Snyder softened his approach from the blunt “NEVER” he has previously exclaimed when asked whether he might change the name. Now Snyder says he understands and respects the people who view “Redskins” as a racial slur, even as Snyder believes that they’re wrong.

“I’ve listened carefully to the commentary and perspectives on all sides, and I respect the feelings of those who are offended by the team name,” Snyder wrote. “But I hope such individuals also try to respect what the name means, not only for all of us in the extended Washington Redskins family, but among Native Americans too.”

Snyder is continuing to rely on public opinion polling to support his view that the Redskins shouldn’t change their name, including one poll that showed a majority of Native Americans are not offended by the team’s name, and another poll that showed the vast majority of Americans as a whole believe the team should continue to be called the Redskins.

That, however, may be a precarious position for Snyder to stake out. After all, public opinion can change. If another poll comes out finding that 51 percent of Native Americans want the Redskins to change their name, will Snyder make the change?

Ultimately, there may not be anything that can persuade Snyder to change. Snyder says the term “Redskins” is a source of pride, both for himself and for millions of fans.

“After 81 years, the team name ‘Redskins’ continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come,” Snyder wrote.

So despite his softer tone, Snyder’s fundamental stance hasn’t changed: He has no intention of changing the team’s name.

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  1. qdog112 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:20 PM

    Snyder definitely has the right people lobbying for him. Lanny Davis, who is responsible for bringing us president Hillay Clinton and Frank Luntz, who is responsible for president Romney.

    A couple winners if I ever saw any. Call it PC or whatever makes you feel like a tough guy. The word Redskins, is not a term of endearment. It’s a racial slur no matter how many native Americans endorse or embrace the name. Maybe those “Indians” should stay off the “firewater”.

    Not unlike the name BULLETS, the REDSKINS will change their name. It’s called progress.

  2. scaredhitless says: Oct 9, 2013 3:20 PM

    Redskins or Not, since Dan Snyder bought the Redskins in 1999 they haven’t had an identity.

    They could be called the Washington Red Lobsters and it wouldn’t matter with that bozo as owner.

  3. bleedburgandyandgold says: Oct 9, 2013 3:20 PM

    I’ve been a die hard Skins fan since I could hold a football I still not sure how I’d feel if they changed the name

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Oct 9, 2013 3:20 PM

    Maybe they should do a poll to find out if even a single person in North America sees the skin of it’s indigenous people as being “red”. Only to the color blind, perhaps. If they made traffic lights the same color as the native Indian’s skin, not a soul would stop. You’d have carnage and chaos.

  5. southridge23 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:21 PM

    Washington Red-Roses

  6. AD2K5 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:22 PM

    What were the poll results asking if the fans were offended by the product Snyder was putting on the field?

  7. vegasgreek says: Oct 9, 2013 3:22 PM

    It’s very simple just get permission from the local Washington DC Native American tribe and use their Name. The Washington Potomacs . it’s no big deal pay them an annual fee and give them deals on tickets. set up an education fund for tribe members. Synder can afford that. They can keep the logo and just change the name. JUST DO IT !

  8. bigbensucks says: Oct 9, 2013 3:24 PM

    Don’t give in. Everything does not need to be politically correct. If he changes it, someone will be unhappy. If he keeps the name, someone will be unhappy. After 81 years, why change it now.

  9. buc8 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:24 PM

    Baltimore Ravens – offends PETA
    Buffalo Bills – offends descendents of Bill Cody
    Cincinnati Bengals – offends PETA
    Cleveland Browns – offends UPS
    Denver Broncos – offends PETA
    Houston Texans – offends Liberals
    Indianapolis Colts – offends PETA
    Jacksonville Jaguars – offends PETA
    Kansas City Chiefs – offends lower ranks
    Miami Dolphins – offends PETA
    New England Patriots – offends England
    New York Jets – offends bi-planes
    Oakland Raiders – offends Law enforcement
    Pittsburgh Steelers – offends bronze
    San Diego Chargers – offends cash
    Tennessee Titans – offends small people
    Arizona Cardinals – offends PETA
    Atlanta Falcons – offends PETA
    Carolina Panthers – offends PETA
    Chicago Bears – offends PETA
    Dallas Cowboys – offends everyone
    Detroit Lions – offends PETA
    Green Bay Packers – offends gays
    Minnesota Vikings – offends Oslo
    New Orleans Saints – offends devil worshippers
    New York Giants – offends petite people
    Philadelphia Eagles – offends PETA
    San Francisco 49ers – offends 48ers
    Seattle Seahawks – offends PETA
    St. Louis Rams – offends PETA
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers – offends pirates

    change them all!

  10. iberiasaint says: Oct 9, 2013 3:24 PM

    Do you think 80 years ago the Redskins chose their team name to personally offend an entire race? Is that really how team names are chosen? No, they are chosen as a tribute to something. And without those teams that honor the American Indian, how often would we be reminded of our Native American history? I think that the people that bring on these lawsuits are only interested in what the root of all lawsuits boil down to…$money$ and notoriety.

  11. cajunaise says: Oct 9, 2013 3:25 PM

    The name will change, the blowhards who wanted to keep it will thrive on their “I Still Call Them The `Redskins’” bumper stickers and t-shirts, and life will go on.

  12. MasMacho says: Oct 9, 2013 3:25 PM

    Hard to take anything the NFL or its owners have to say about anything seriously after watching Frontline last night.

    I’m sure the league is tired of getting smeared and want to change their PR approach, hence the softening of the language.

    The Oneida Nation has specifically asked for the change, so out the window goes the “no Native Americans want this” argument.

    Rest in Peace Russell Means.

  13. camdenyard says: Oct 9, 2013 3:27 PM

    Poor Snyder. He’s losing this battle and he doesn’t even realize it. The Slurskins will be no more, soon.

  14. heyguru1969 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:27 PM

    Snyder’s like one of those people that says, “Uh-huh, uh-huh, uh-huh…..” the whole time they’re listening to you. Which means they are ABSOLUTELY not listening to you.”

  15. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 9, 2013 3:28 PM

    If another poll comes out finding that 51 percent of Native Americans want the Redskins to change their name, will Snyder make the change?
    _______________________________

    Why isn’t anyone conducting such a poll? Instead of relying on one from nearly a decade ago.

    Again, has anyone asked any Native American players how they feel? or any NA players who have played for the team?

  16. jjbadd385 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:28 PM

    …and he is 100%, ABSOLUTELY right. He should not be forced to change the name of his team. Denying just 1 man his rights & freedoms is just as bad as people being offended…

  17. 66ray66 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:28 PM

    It’s his team, he is under no obligation to change the name. If people don’t like it, they can make a choice to not attend any Redskins games, buy Redskins products, etc. Personally, I would be offended if he did change the name.

  18. rcali says: Oct 9, 2013 3:30 PM

    Take that news media! U can’t bully everybody!

  19. funshipm174 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:31 PM

    Snyder has fans? Must be the same ones from the Greg Schiano fan club.

  20. seattlecvd says: Oct 9, 2013 3:31 PM

    Ok, here’s the deal, and here is why you are making WAY too big an issue out of a non-issue:

    How many times have you EVER heard of anyone calling a Native American a ‘Redskin’ in the past 100 years as a derogatory term? Never. It doesn’t happen. It is not a word that is EVER used as a put-down in any way, shape or form. The ONLY way that word is EVER used in modern society is in the context of describing the name of a sports team. That’s it. That’s what people think of when they hear the word. Which is why the polls suggest that there is an OVERWHELMING majority of people that support the team keeping the name, including a vast majority of those in the Native American community. (Probably because no one is running around calling them ‘Redskins’ as an insult.

    So, for crying out loud, please stop beating this dead horse as a means to try and drum up some controversy that only exists because the media is choosing to fan the flames in order to generate news where none exists.

  21. reed20fence says: Oct 9, 2013 3:33 PM

    PFT needs to put its website where its advocacy is. If the R-word is indeed tantamount to the N-word, why is it on your main page and in every article on this issue or about this team?

    Start referring to them as the Washington R-words.

    We shouldn’t have to tell you this.

  22. greenbaypackersowner says: Oct 9, 2013 3:33 PM

    As a Packers owner I will never support a change of the Packers name even though it offends the G&L community. Stick to your guns, Dan!

  23. pgcubano says: Oct 9, 2013 3:35 PM

    im wit u dan! httr!

  24. ironislanders says: Oct 9, 2013 3:35 PM

    Hooligan, Vandal, Cannibal, Picnic- words used that were once considered derogatory to a race in particular (look it up). Now all are commonly accepted.

    People need to get with the program, the term is not meant to be demeaning or derogatory, I’m proud be a Redskins fan and would never think twice that it’s meant to insult anyone of Native American heritage.

    I do appreciate the outreach on Dan’s behalf, it’s not cool to shut things off completely as THAT will cause negative attention and for opposition to gain momentum on an issue like his has today. Ever since he became unpopular we as Skins fans STILL can’t bring signs to games (anyone notice that on TV)?

    The only way this will be resolved is if the Redskins franchise performs actions to support certain Native American groups in the US, to show gratification for allowing their identify to be used (even if offensive at first) and to be able to produce something amazing out of it that surpasses it’s original connotation.

    Just a thought.

  25. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:35 PM

    Words mean what you make them mean. It only matters what is implied within your words, not what words are actually spoken.

  26. patsbrat says: Oct 9, 2013 3:35 PM

    With all the attention given to this issue lately, I am surprised I haven’t seen the name George Preston Marshall. He is the one that name the team the Redskins in the ’30s after all.

    He did a lot for the game of football, including getting restrictions on the passing game removed and changing the shape of the ball so it can be passed easier.

    He was also a renowned racist He was basically forced to integrate his team in 1962.

    This whole issue boils down to intent and perception. Clearly the Redskins of today do not intend their name to offend anybody, but some people perceive the name to be offensive.

    But what was Marshall’s intent when he named the team? Shouldn’t that be the key issue here?

  27. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 9, 2013 3:36 PM

    I told ya.

    As soon as he drew the line in the sand…. it was on.

    Now…. snyder is trying to erase the line.

    TOO LATE, danny.

  28. shaunypoo says: Oct 9, 2013 3:36 PM

    As far as I know it is still a private business, right? I know you liberals don’t like the idea of private property, but he owns the team and can call it anything he wants. The only way to affect change is to quit giving him money. Capitalism at work.

  29. alphaq2 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:37 PM

    I was just listening to Lavar and Dukes and Lavar made a great point that I hadn’t thought of. He said “if someone of a different ethnicity called a black person the N-word; 100% of black people would be offended. There is not a single black person on this planet that would not be offended by that.” He went on to say that it is just not the same as far as the word Redskins. Most Native Americans are not offended by the word. You would never see a school with a majority black student body call their sports teams the N-words, but Redskins is a very popular nickname / mascot on Native American reservations.

  30. skarfacci says: Oct 9, 2013 3:40 PM

    Change the moniker to a redskin potato. Done. Now nobody is offended. Problem solved.

  31. MasMacho says: Oct 9, 2013 3:41 PM

    I think this is what we’re left with now that Tim Tebow is off the table as a discussion topic.

  32. rodgers419 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:42 PM

    It’s a good thing our genocide was so successful that there aren’t enough Native Americans left to really lobby against the name. That would be inconvenient.

  33. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 9, 2013 3:42 PM

    Republicans want to change the Redskins name to the Washington 47%ers.

  34. foosballisthedevil says: Oct 9, 2013 3:44 PM

    Change it to the WASHINGTON POTATOES

    What kind of Potatoes?

    REDSKIN!

  35. mwatts1 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:45 PM

    Money controls all. If changing the name will effect profits then Snyder will fight tooth and nail to keep the name. If the negativity starts to effect ticket and merchandise sales, the name will change. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE $$$

  36. rdrs68 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:46 PM

    This means-the name will change-the process has already begun-the NFL does not need or want any controversies and some of you will just have to adjust.

  37. foosballisthedevil says: Oct 9, 2013 3:47 PM

    Damn….

    How about the DC Comics

    Double entendre, especially with the current political stalemate.

  38. mangycougar says: Oct 9, 2013 3:47 PM

    Two suggestions –

    1. Change name to Washington Piscataways (natives to this area).

    2. Change name to Washington Red-Skins. Lose Native American logo and replace with a Capital R.

  39. fissels says: Oct 9, 2013 3:48 PM

    Don’t give in Mr. Snyder.

  40. jssgriffi says: Oct 9, 2013 3:48 PM

    You mean obama saying what he said didn’t have any influence on him? Wow, that’s shocking!(sarcastic)

  41. tigerpork says: Oct 9, 2013 3:50 PM

    what the media doesn’t cover is that there are protests at the game in every city the redskins plays at.

  42. ShimSham says: Oct 9, 2013 3:53 PM

    The respect for an 81 year old sports team is not and should not be given the same respect as an entire race of people who have definitely existed longer, and have accomplished a lot more winning a few football games.

  43. greymares says: Oct 9, 2013 3:54 PM

    Just change it to “SKINS” that”s what everybody calls them anyway. Hence, did you watch the Skins yesterday ?

  44. ShimSham says: Oct 9, 2013 3:57 PM

    bigbensucks says: Oct 9, 2013 3:24 PM If he changes it, someone will be unhappy. If he keeps the name, someone will be unhappy. After 81 years, why change it now. After 81 years, why change it now.
    ——————————————-
    Yeah, and in the 1860s, slavery had existed in North America for almost 250 years, why change it now? After all, some people will be happy, but some unhappy.

  45. rangenius says: Oct 9, 2013 3:58 PM

    I am offended by all the team names.

  46. purpwalk says: Oct 9, 2013 3:58 PM

    let it go

  47. jcrileyesq says: Oct 9, 2013 3:58 PM

    I dare Dan Snyder to go into a bar on an indian reservation and tell the bartender “Hey Redskin give me a beer”…

  48. scrp2 says: Oct 9, 2013 3:59 PM

    How ’bout the Washington Filibusters?

  49. realestwhiteboy says: Oct 9, 2013 4:00 PM

    Dan should find a “compromise”. He should agree to change the name, but only as adspace.

    “Today we are here to see the divisional match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington 1800FLOWERS.coms.”

  50. icdogg says: Oct 9, 2013 4:00 PM

    I don’t care what they do but if it annoys Skins fans I’m all for it.

  51. bubbamonkey100 says: Oct 9, 2013 4:00 PM

    Another open head wound from the decade that killed America the 1960′s. Go ahead and change the name the sport is just about dead anyway. Get that last bit of feel goodery in and move on to the next victim.

  52. claimersays says: Oct 9, 2013 4:03 PM

    Hail to Dan

    Hey ShimSham
    Slavery is NOT a comparable analogy. Slavery was the oppression of an ethnicity and SHOULD have been changed. NO one is waking up every day and proclaiming to themselves. I need to get out from under the Redskins name and all the oppression that comes with it. Let’s keep it real!

  53. getyourownname says: Oct 9, 2013 4:03 PM

    First, this classic Danny strategizing – all PR and no substance, like “I feel your pain.” Meaningless, if you are looking for some commitment by him to change (but great, if you oppose the name change).

    Second, remember the irony – he sued someone over a drawing caricature (showed him with horns) because he claimed it was anti-semitic.

    Regardless of whether they change the name or not, Little Danny is the biggest phony you will ever see.

  54. blameitontony says: Oct 9, 2013 4:04 PM

    What a joke!!

  55. baddegg says: Oct 9, 2013 4:04 PM

    buc8 says:
    Oct 9, 2013 3:24 PM
    Baltimore Ravens – offends PETA
    Buffalo Bills – offends descendents of Bill Cody
    Cincinnati Bengals – offends PETA
    Cleveland Browns – offends UPS
    Denver Broncos – offends PETA
    Houston Texans – offends Liberals
    Indianapolis Colts – offends PETA
    Jacksonville Jaguars – offends PETA
    Kansas City Chiefs – offends lower ranks
    Miami Dolphins – offends PETA
    New England Patriots – offends England
    New York Jets – offends bi-planes
    Oakland Raiders – offends Law enforcement
    Pittsburgh Steelers – offends bronze
    San Diego Chargers – offends cash
    Tennessee Titans – offends small people
    Arizona Cardinals – offends PETA
    Atlanta Falcons – offends PETA
    Carolina Panthers – offends PETA
    Chicago Bears – offends PETA
    Dallas Cowboys – offends everyone
    Detroit Lions – offends PETA
    Green Bay Packers – offends gays
    Minnesota Vikings – offends Oslo
    New Orleans Saints – offends devil worshippers
    New York Giants – offends petite people
    Philadelphia Eagles – offends PETA
    San Francisco 49ers – offends 48ers
    Seattle Seahawks – offends PETA
    St. Louis Rams – offends PETA
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers – offends pirates

    change them all!

    —————–

    Excellent post. I say we just give all numbers.

    “Today we have an excellent match up between Team Number 23 and Team Number 7. Team Number 7 has been playing really well lately but Team 7 still has the talent to shock them…”

  56. junkfooddaddy says: Oct 9, 2013 4:06 PM

    bleedburgandyandgold says:
    Oct 9, 2013 3:20 PM
    I’ve been a die hard Skins fan since I could hold a football I still not sure how I’d feel if they changed the name
    _________________________________

    I am thinking it would not take long for you to feel good about it.

  57. carpalboss says: Oct 9, 2013 4:07 PM

    How about a compromise…..They keep the name Redskins and change their LOGO to an apple.

  58. condor75 says: Oct 9, 2013 4:07 PM

    ShimSham says:
    Oct 9, 2013 3:53 PM
    The respect for an 81 year old sports team is not and should not be given the same respect as an entire race of people who have definitely existed longer, and have accomplished a lot more winning a few football games.
    Because wrong is wrong, 81 years, 81 days, 81 minutes, wrong is wrong

  59. lovethelions says: Oct 9, 2013 4:08 PM

    This is ridiculous. Of course, it’s offensive. Why wouldn’t it be? I would also change the Chiefs and in baseball, the Braves and the Indians. So many times, people don’t think about how things appear to others. How long would such an insult, to any other group be tolerated?

    What they should rename themselves in the Washington Wimps, because no one can seem to effectively run the government anymore. Stop glorifying the fact that our federal government exterminated and then relocated so many Native Americans. Not a bright spot, in our nation’s history.

    Isn’t it time we try to move into the 21st century?

  60. kscogg says: Oct 9, 2013 4:12 PM

    As much as I dislike Snyder I could not agree more. This whole charade has ballooned out of control and there seems to be no end in sight. Stop polling people, stop running the stories to drum up hits, stop bothering public officials who clearly have more important things to deal with and move on. If the Redskins names drives you this crazy you might need to get psychiatric help.

  61. finsguy says: Oct 9, 2013 4:13 PM

    I wonder what the response would be from either or both sides if it was changed to “The Aryans”?

  62. captainphintastic says: Oct 9, 2013 4:14 PM

    Just more PC BS. The name should stay REDSKINS. I’m not even a Redskins fan, I’m just against anything and everything the PC crowd wants. The team is privately owned, so Snyder has a right to keep the team named the REDSKINS. Yes, I said REDSKINS! GET OVER IT.

  63. pixelito says: Oct 9, 2013 4:17 PM

    Get ready for your new team name!

  64. ace8842 says: Oct 9, 2013 4:19 PM

    Snyder should simply stop responding to this media hype and buffoonery. Just refuse to take questions on the matter and leave the name the same. I’m waiting for some activist judge to try to force him to change it, wasting time and money.

  65. fn0901 says: Oct 9, 2013 4:19 PM

    How about the washington washups?

  66. stillers1229 says: Oct 9, 2013 4:20 PM

    “qdog112 says:
    Oct 9, 2013 3:20 PM

    Snyder definitely has the right people lobbying for him. Lanny Davis, who is responsible for bringing us president Hillay Clinton and Frank Luntz, who is responsible for president Romney.

    A couple winners if I ever saw any. Call it PC or whatever makes you feel like a tough guy. The word Redskins, is not a term of endearment. It’s a racial slur no matter how many native Americans endorse or embrace the name. Maybe those “Indians” should stay off the “firewater”.

    Not unlike the name BULLETS, the REDSKINS will change their name. It’s called progress.”

    So, your assumption that those Native Americans that aren’t offended must be drunk is in no way offensive? You say that snide remark and then act all high and mighty about “progress”. What a joke.

  67. thinkarez says: Oct 9, 2013 4:20 PM

    call em Washington redheads you can have Andy Dalton too!

  68. cocheese000 says: Oct 9, 2013 4:21 PM

    wow just when i thought snyder had a backbone. he is starting to wimp out

  69. buddah4snow says: Oct 9, 2013 4:22 PM

    This issue has been and always will be nothing but the tidal wave of political correctness run completely amok in the entire country.

  70. olcap says: Oct 9, 2013 4:23 PM

    Oh, and by the way, I believe that the name “Redskins” is probably offensive to some native Americans. But when you are talking about the name of a team, there’s history involved, and that can be a very cherished thing to people as well. Should those feelings also be considered in the equation? Why not?

    You and I both know that there are, without a doubt, people who are descended from and are native Americans who are ALSO Washington Redskins fans. Is their opinion worth less than those wanting the name changed; a group who, by the way is almost certainly not mostly native American?

  71. blackqbwhiterb says: Oct 9, 2013 4:24 PM

    He should simply grin and say, “If you’d like to pay the right price, you can buy the team and call it whatever you like, but as long as I own it, I’ll call it what I want. Because it’s MINE and I OWN IT.”

  72. jgedgar70 says: Oct 9, 2013 4:25 PM

    skarfacci says:
    Oct 9, 2013 3:40 PM
    Change the moniker to a redskin potato. Done. Now nobody is offended. Problem solved.
    _____
    Somebody would be offended. There are, unfortunately, legions of people who get out of bed in the morning for only one purpose, to be offended by something. Then they can find some camera and scream about what is offending them that day, making sure everyone knows that they are better than everyone else for being offended. If the Redskins change their name these professional victims will bloviate about their victory for a few days, then they’ll be marching to get something else that they’re offended by changed. It never ends.

  73. Nickstixx says: Oct 9, 2013 4:26 PM

    @buc8 wins the post of the day award! Well done! Haha!

  74. zerole00 says: Oct 9, 2013 4:27 PM

    Baltimore Ravens – offends PETA
    Buffalo Bills – offends descendents of Bill Cody
    Cincinnati Bengals – offends PETA
    Cleveland Browns – offends UPS
    Denver Broncos – offends PETA
    Houston Texans – offends Liberals
    Indianapolis Colts – offends PETA
    Jacksonville Jaguars – offends PETA
    Kansas City Chiefs – offends lower ranks
    Miami Dolphins – offends PETA
    New England Patriots – offends England
    New York Jets – offends bi-planes
    Oakland Raiders – offends Law enforcement
    Pittsburgh Steelers – offends bronze
    San Diego Chargers – offends cash
    Tennessee Titans – offends small people
    Arizona Cardinals – offends PETA
    Atlanta Falcons – offends PETA
    Carolina Panthers – offends PETA
    Chicago Bears – offends PETA
    Dallas Cowboys – offends everyone
    Detroit Lions – offends PETA
    Green Bay Packers – offends gays
    Minnesota Vikings – offends Oslo
    New Orleans Saints – offends devil worshippers
    New York Giants – offends petite people
    Philadelphia Eagles – offends PETA
    San Francisco 49ers – offends 48ers
    Seattle Seahawks – offends PETA
    St. Louis Rams – offends PETA
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers – offends pirates

    change them all!

    ————————————————————-

    I’m Asian so my carriage isn’t tied to either horse, so trust me when I say that the amount of rationale some of you are attempting to use is laughable at best.

    Redskin is a derogatory term, not a generic label (say something like Indian or Chief), for a race of people. Using the example above, it’d be the difference between a team using the “XYZ City Dogs” vs “XYZ City Mutts.” One label is clearly used in a negative light.

    It doesn’t matter what percent of the population is offended, it only matters that there are people that are. If 80% don’t care/aren’t offended, than what about the 20% that are? Are you just going to piss on 20% of a population?

  75. granadafan says: Oct 9, 2013 4:29 PM

    Snyder’s lawyer and high priced PR team wrote that statement just as agents do for their illiterate clients.

  76. lovethelions says: Oct 9, 2013 4:30 PM

    olcap says:
    Oct 9, 2013 4:23 PM

    You and I both know that there are, without a doubt, people who are descended from and are native Americans who are ALSO Washington Redskins fans. Is their opinion worth less than those wanting the name changed; a group who, by the way is almost certainly not mostly native American?

    ___________________________________

    My dad is from South Carolina, so we have some Cherokee in our background. I also have Scottish, English, French, German, Irish and Welsh. We’re all offended…but also disappointed that so many people don’t understand why it’s offensive.

    Hey, I understand the PC backlash, but this is not the time to do it. For once, start treating everyone like Americans, not just the ones who came here as immigrants. (You know, everyone who isn’t native American.)

  77. chrisdavidgarcia says: Oct 9, 2013 4:30 PM

    Mr Snyder what you’ve just said… is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

  78. charger383 says: Oct 9, 2013 4:32 PM

    If Redskins is such a bad name, changing it is not good enough. Disband the team, erase all records, require all jerseys, hats, stickers and anything related to be turned in and destroyed.

    Goodell can fine any player who ever says the name of the team which can not be spoken

  79. wiley16350 says: Oct 9, 2013 4:33 PM

    But what was Marshall’s intent when he named the team? Shouldn’t that be the key issue here?

    It is true that Marshall was a racist. He was a racist towards African Americans. That doesn’t mean he was racist to American Natives. So he could still have used the name to honor. It just doesn’t make since to name your own team to after something you have no respect for. So your argument holds no weight.

  80. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Oct 9, 2013 4:34 PM

    mangycougar says:
    Oct 9, 2013 3:47 PM
    Two suggestions –

    1. Change name to Washington Piscataways (natives to this area).

    2. Change name to Washington Red-Skins. Lose Native American logo and replace with a Capital R

    At one time they did have a capitol R as there logo.
    back in the 60′s

  81. lovethelions says: Oct 9, 2013 4:34 PM

    Let’s see…

  82. whatthebucs says: Oct 9, 2013 4:35 PM

    1) Change team name to Washington Red Army
    2) Make the new symbol a hammer and sickle
    3) Watch DC politicians lose their minds
    4) profit?

  83. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 9, 2013 4:40 PM

    I think that this controvercy is rediculous. Their are a ton of names that the Redskins could use, like the Hawks, the Half-Smokes, or the Potomacs. It’s really mean and degrating to use a rascist name like Redskins. I lettered all four years in HS and had our team name changed from the Red Raiders to the Express because it offendad some students. Get with the program, D.C.!

  84. cocheese000 says: Oct 9, 2013 4:41 PM

    Snyder should leave during the middle of the night in a Mayflower and go to LA.

  85. stevent92 says: Oct 9, 2013 4:42 PM

    I think all of us should live our lives based on the results of public polling. What a fantastically ever-shifting life we would live!

  86. gintfan says: Oct 9, 2013 4:43 PM

    The name is offensive. Always has been and always will be. The issue is it doesn’t offend people who could care less about being offensive. Some feel that calling people out of their names is their God given right and choose to berate and belittle anyone that has the audacity to be offended and express their offense. How about calling them the Washington Tea Party. Somehow that seems like the right name for the team in that town.

  87. kwjsb says: Oct 9, 2013 4:44 PM

    Rename the Lions it offends lying Politicians

  88. vegasgreek says: Oct 9, 2013 4:44 PM

    Mark Rypien is Native American . He won a SB for Washington and nobody complained about the team name then.

  89. wojo243 says: Oct 9, 2013 4:48 PM

    @shaunypoo

    Funny that you mention this as a liberal agenda trying to infringe on personal property and liberty. I assume you support the same party that tells others who to love or not to love and what to do with their bodies, right?

    This has nothing to do with political affiliation. It’s about not being an idiot. Just because it doesn’t offend you, it doesn’t mean someone else isn’t offended.

  90. steelersfanfromtheseventies says: Oct 9, 2013 4:48 PM

    zerole00 says:
    Oct 9, 2013 4:27 PM
    Baltimore Ravens – offends PETA
    Buffalo Bills – offends descendents of Bill Cody
    Cincinnati Bengals – offends PETA
    Cleveland Browns – offends UPS
    Denver Broncos – offends PETA
    Houston Texans – offends Liberals
    Indianapolis Colts – offends PETA
    Jacksonville Jaguars – offends PETA
    Kansas City Chiefs – offends lower ranks
    Miami Dolphins – offends PETA
    New England Patriots – offends England
    New York Jets – offends bi-planes
    Oakland Raiders – offends Law enforcement
    Pittsburgh Steelers – offends bronze
    San Diego Chargers – offends cash
    Tennessee Titans – offends small people
    Arizona Cardinals – offends PETA
    Atlanta Falcons – offends PETA
    Carolina Panthers – offends PETA
    Chicago Bears – offends PETA
    Dallas Cowboys – offends everyone
    Detroit Lions – offends PETA
    Green Bay Packers – offends gays
    Minnesota Vikings – offends Oslo
    New Orleans Saints – offends devil worshippers
    New York Giants – offends petite people
    Philadelphia Eagles – offends PETA
    San Francisco 49ers – offends 48ers
    Seattle Seahawks – offends PETA
    St. Louis Rams – offends PETA
    Tampa Bay Buccaneers – offends pirates

    change them all!

    ————————————————————-

    I’m Asian so my carriage isn’t tied to either horse, so trust me when I say that the amount of rationale some of you are attempting to use is laughable at best.

    Redskin is a derogatory term, not a generic label (say something like Indian or Chief), for a race of people. Using the example above, it’d be the difference between a team using the “XYZ City Dogs” vs “XYZ City Mutts.” One label is clearly used in a negative light.

    It doesn’t matter what percent of the population is offended, it only matters that there are people that are. If 80% don’t care/aren’t offended, than what about the 20% that are? Are you just going to piss on 20% of a population?

    ==================================How about those other jokers in washington that at right about this time happen to be pissing on 99.9% of the population.

  91. tigerlilac says: Oct 9, 2013 4:48 PM

    “I’ve been a die hard Skins fan since I could hold a football I still not sure how I’d feel if they changed the name.”

    . . . you just changed the name in the body of your post . . .

    Alas, I am not sue that name gets a pass either.

  92. ma5terbla5t3r says: Oct 9, 2013 4:49 PM

    vegasgeek –

    He’s Albanian. How cood you possible confuse that with Native American???

  93. vegasgreek says: Oct 9, 2013 4:50 PM

    The official name of the Native American tribe in the DC area is PATAWOMECK . Pocahontas was a member of that tribe. Potomac is the English version.

  94. tigerlilac says: Oct 9, 2013 4:51 PM

    Snyder has a real problem. The name needs to change but it is a name that has a lot of goodwill despite its racist origins and mostly poor play since he took ownership of the club. The team is one of the most valuable in the league and Snyder must fear a discount in NAV (net asset value) post a name change.

  95. realitypolice says: Oct 9, 2013 4:53 PM

    I’m not saying the name should necessarily be changed, but if you’re going to have a strong opinion, you should at least understand the origin of why native americans have a problem with this name and not necessarily tribal names:

    Seminole, Chippewah, etc. = Names invented by the tribes themselves to identify them. Source of great pride.

    Redskin = Word invented by white people specifically to insult native americans.

    So if support keeping the name, at least make sure you understand what you are supporting.

  96. obmig says: Oct 9, 2013 5:00 PM

    All I’ve wanted this week is to get some injury and game plan updates for my team this week. Instead I’ve gotten 9 articles about their name.

  97. ytownjoe says: Oct 9, 2013 5:50 PM

    Be proud Redskins!

  98. jollyjoker2 says: Oct 9, 2013 6:22 PM

    he needs to change the name..Just as long as every text book in existence removes the name Indian, Black, and brown – works for me. I don’t care if the next generation learns about the heritage or not .

  99. @Cereal_22 says: Oct 9, 2013 8:18 PM

    He’ll cave eventually. #RedStorm

  100. arkraider says: Oct 9, 2013 9:46 PM

    keep the name..change the logo to Mike Shanahan…you’re welcome

  101. philtration says: Oct 9, 2013 10:29 PM

    I have been calling them the Foreskins since the 70s so I really don’t care what they call themselves.

  102. psly2124 says: Oct 9, 2013 11:22 PM

    Excellent point about mark rypien. If he was offended he would have made a point after he won the Super Bowl and he didn’t.

  103. NJ49er says: Oct 10, 2013 1:10 AM

    Marketing opportunity for Danny.
    Keep the logo, find a NA Tribe that would lend it’s name.
    At a fee.

  104. Dogsweat says: Oct 10, 2013 1:41 AM

    Reddogs!!!!!!!

  105. bobsnygiants says: Oct 10, 2013 5:13 AM

    if u decide to change it, change it to Washington Republicans

  106. johny248 says: Oct 10, 2013 5:37 AM

    All I know is that I’m going to feel like an idiot if I’m going to have to order “warrior” potatoes next time I go out to dinner….

  107. mdpgc says: Oct 11, 2013 3:28 PM

    The Historical Truth That Some Don’t Want To Hear

    First, the Redskins name was at least partially, and perhaps totally, conceived by their full-blooded American Indian head coach named Lone Star Dietz, some say at the bequest of his mother to honor her. When the Boston Braves football team changed their name in 1933 to the Boston Redskins–Lone Star’s first year as Redskins coach–they wanted a tie-in with the Boston Red Sox. The Redskins moved to Fenway Park that same year, and wanted some symmetry in the name with the already famous baseball team that occupied the same venue. With their head coach being a member of the Sioux Nation, it seemed like a perfect fit: the name Redskins was eventually agreed upon as a way of honoring both Native Americans and the Boston Red Sox.

    Second, the names “blackskins” or “yellowskins” have never existed in any formal way. Certainly, no members of those associated ethnic groups have ever referred themselves by those names. But members of native tribes have referred to themselves as redskins – many, many times.

    Again, there are some people who just don’t want to hear that – even refuse to believe it. But it’s true. Originally, the term “Redskin” was adopted by the Indians themselves to distinguish themselves from white people. There are a number of searchable, historically accurate instances of native tribal peoples using the name “redskin” to identify themselves, some of which appeared in an earlier article on this site, but in case you missed it:

    The term “red” was adopted by French and English by the 1750′s after the reference to “red man” was made in 1725 by a Taensa chief.
    According to the French (1725), the Taensa referred to themselves as “Red Men.”
    Three chiefs of the Piankashaws wrote (1769), “You think that I am an orphan; but all the people of these rivers and all the redskins will learn of my death.”
    In 1807 French Crow (Wahpekute, Santee Sioux) said, “I am a redskin…”
    In an 1815 speech by Chief Big Elk of the Omaha Tribe, he called himself (and others in similar positions among different tribes) “red skin chiefs”.
    Harvard-educated anthropologist Robert Hale Ives Goddard, III, curator emeritus in the Department of Anthropology of the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution, wrote a lengthy essay on the dozens of recorded instances that the word “redskin” has been used by tribal peoples.

  108. mydarunl says: Oct 13, 2013 10:30 PM

    Get over it. The term Redskins is a racial slur. It is to Native Americans what the “N” word is to the black/African American population. We need to be more accommodating and showing all individuals the same dignity and worth they deserve. NBC had an excellent commentary tonight. Let’s treat all people with respect, get out of our ethnocentric ideology and realize that there are many views and “ours” is not always accurate or correct!

  109. notoffendednative says: Oct 13, 2013 10:45 PM

    As a native American, I find all this controversy ridiculous. You have a handful of people trying to get their 15 minutes of fame. It is a name people. So should Oklahoma change it’s name since it means home of the Redman? No! If these so called offendees really wanted to protect our heritage, how about doing something about the poverty, education and diseases such as diabetes, heart, alcoholism within the native American communities.
    I grew up during a time and place that was not as accepting of Indians. I learned early, get over yourself! The only opinion and reflection of you that is important is yours! You can only be offended if you “choose” to be offended. We have turned into a country of whiners.

  110. theskinsman says: Oct 15, 2013 8:39 PM

    Sorry,not offended native. The sheep in charge of PC thinking will do the thinking here. You must not be bright enough to know what to be offended by. You be a good boy or girl now and hear the words of the nations’ fearless leader telling you to be offended.
    Or follow the hypocrite multimillionare from the Oneida Turning Stone Casino er,nation getting his 15 minutes of fame.

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