Costas says Redskins name is “an insult, a slur”

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The Redskins would love the controversy regarding the team’s name to go away.  It isn’t.

The past eight days have seen multiple developments, culminating in Bob Costas of NBC delivering an essay during halftime of Sunday night’s game between Washington and Dallas.

“Think for a moment about the term ‘Redskins’ and how it truly differs from all the others,” Costas said regarding the Washington name and other team names referring generally to Native Americans or specifically to tribes.  “Ask yourself what the equivalent would be, if directed African-Americans.  Hispanics.  Asians.  Or members of any other ethnic group.  When considered that way, ‘Redskins’ can’t possibly honor a heritage, or a noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term.

“It is an insult, a slur, no matter now benign the present-day intent,” Costas added.  “It is fair to say that for a long time now, and certainly in 2013, no offense has been intended, but if you take a step back, isn’t it clear to see how offense might legitimately be taken?”

For more on the topic, and to read owner Daniel Snyder’s letter defending the name, check out a special page that has been created on the issue at NBCSports.com.

We’ve got a feeling there will be more developments in the coming days and weeks.

222 responses to “Costas says Redskins name is “an insult, a slur”

  1. Shocking you’d write about this Florio.

    The Redskins are 81 years old. Why is this an issue now? Seriously I hope they never change it. Censor my comment like you do most that disagree with you.

  2. Costas admitted that Native Americans do not view it as a slur and most actually like it. But he still wants it changed.

    Essentially what he’s saying is if Native Americans are too dumb to know they are being insulted then we liberal white people will be offended on their behalf step in to save them.

    You’re Welcome Native Americans…..

  3. Why must we listen to Costas give us his opinion about a name that no one finds offensive but him and 10 other people. Get over it already. He’s another advocate for the wussifacation of America.

  4. One brick at a time. I have a feeling that if they make the Redskins change their name, then the name-change bandwagon will be headed towards Cleveland next. Maybe the name “Indians” won’t be considered offensive but I don’t know how they are going to let their mascot, “Chief Wahoo” remain intact.

  5. I wish “celebrities” would just keep their opinions to themselves. Bob costas, I don’t care what your opinion is, just as much as I don’t care what Macklemore thinks about gay marriage. Get off your soapbox and just call the friggin game

  6. I was listening to The Herd this week and he talked about how he doesn’t talk about the issue because he gets absolutely no emails or calls about it. No one outside of the people on the East Coast who vote for liberals care about the issue. Go back to covering the sport we all come here to read about.

  7. detectivejimmymcnulty says:
    Oct 13, 2013 10:33 PM
    Shocking you’d write about this Florio.

    The Redskins are 81 years old. Why is this an issue now? Seriously I hope they never change it. Censor my comment like you do most that disagree with you.
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    There are plenty of things that went on 81 years ago that are no longer acceptable. That is the flimsiest argument one could possibly trot out.

  8. What is wrong with this country. Most of us have become over concerned with things that have no impact whatsoever over ourselves. I’m only 26 and I’ve seen so much change in my day, I’m afraid for how sensitive we will be in another 20 years.

  9. We’ll, if Bob Costas and the rest of the liberal media are offended, then we need to change it…

    Dan Snyder, if you are forced to change your name, please move the team…maybe to Texas, that would be awesome.

  10. Anyone else want to weight in on an utter overreaction. Get over it..move on, someone’s always offended.. It’s life

  11. I think Costas is racist. When he was talking about offending ethnic groups, he failed to mention white or Caucasian/European as an ethnic group, suggesting it is a white mans world, which maybe it is, but he should acknowledge that since white is minority.

    ….and the league of denial continues……..

    ……this redskin debate is just a distraction from the NFL’s real problem…. concussions…. names aren’t causing brain disease.

    …..btw i think RGIII sustained a concussion and wasn’t evaluated when he threw the ball away.

  12. SNF is no place for these soap box opinions from Costas. Go on the Today show to talk about it.

  13. Wow – when NBC wants something changed, they really go for it. Good God.

    Spend a little more time on integrating some minorities on SNL, and then you can throw stones. And that discrimination IS intended.

  14. I’m Native American, and I’m offended that people care about a team’s name, but don’t care about oppressive poverty, lack of adequate medical care, rampant drug/alcohol abuse, inadequate educational resources, and other real issues facing native populations today. I wonder when people are going to start caring about that stuff.

  15. Mr Costas, you’ve been a sportscaster for how long now? Now after all these years you decide it’s offensive? Way to lead the charge.

  16. Sports reporters should give opinions on whether a player/coach is good!

    If they have a political agenda there are other avenues

  17. Costas needs to stay out of politics or get out of sports. First he preaches to us about gun control. Now it’s the nickname of one of the oldest football franchises in the NFL is offensive to HIM. While he’s sitting in his multi-million dollar mansion watching his hired help wait hand & foot on him, the guilt is just too much. Go clear your conscious somewhere else Costas.

  18. Nobody really cares what Costas thinks.

    And his analysis is wrong. It isn’t about present day. 80 years ago it wasn’t a slur.

    it is no different than saying white, black, or brown. It never had any connotation beyond that and wasn’t considered anything beyond an identifying term.

    It’s only in the present day that the victimization brigade that lives for something….. anything to protest, has assigned insult value to it.

  19. Why in the world do we have to listen to this self absorbed idiot Costas give us his worthless uneducated opinion. He even contradicts himself numerous times during his pathetic diatribe just to get his politically correct point across. He is a disgrace to good announcers! The name Redskin is embraced by the vast majority of Native Americans and is NOT and has never been a racist term. It is the racists like Costas that take it that way. He is the equivalent of Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton spewing their racism to pit Americans against each other. It is time to speak out against Costas and his ilk and remove him from his postion! Go Redskins!

  20. Costas and the rest of you high-minded PC crazed authoritarians at NBC “insult” us in the majority on this issue that are sick and tired of your continually attacking are rights to think and speak as free people.

  21. The idea that this isn’t going away implies that there’s a massive outcry, and the media is holding the Redskins, Snyder and league accountable. But that’s pretty clearly not the case. Yes, some Native Americans are offended, but others aren’t. Most left-leaning folks would prefer the name be changed, but it’s hardly the a critical, front-burner issue. No, this is being kept alive by sports journalists, who believe – rightly or wrongly – that they must compel social change. Personally, I think they’re doing more harm, as anti-PC people will dig in further. Much like with other social engineering efforts, there’s empirically a backlash.

  22. Again, we have a state named Oklahoma, which is an Indian term for Red People. Lets rename the state, then Snyder can consider changing the name of his team. If we as a society are so offended, why do we demand someone else take action when we ourselves won’t? Please, NBC, drop your agenda and focus on football. The Packers have two WR’s with knee injuries, there are so many other legitimate things you can focus on. Stop forcing political issues and your idea of political correctness down our throats. Just stop!

  23. It’s a good thing the NFL isn’t literally full of murderers, gang members, drunk drivers and other assorted criminals. Clearly there’s no bigger issues in the NFL than the name of a team.

    Media should be embarrassed that they’re more concerned with the name of a freaking team.

  24. The racist anti-minority, anti-women, anti-American Republicans want to change the Redskins name to the Washington White Obstructionist Airport Bathroom Creepsters.

  25. What about the Washington Wizards? That name promotes witchcraft…I’m offended. What about the Oakland Raiders? That nickname glorifies immoral men who rape & pillage. Or the San Diego Padres…where’s the separation of sports & religion.

  26. I’m Native American, and I’m offended that people care about a team’s name, but don’t care about oppressive poverty, lack of adequate medical care, rampant drug/alcohol abuse, inadequate educational resources, and other real issues facing native populations today. I wonder when people are going to start caring about that stuff.
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    Who is making them drink? Forcing them into poverty? Preventing them from gaining employment that provides them health insurance??

    While I agree that this should be the main concern, the problem is that this usually results in govt handouts- which only exacerbate the problem. Self accountability and responsibility for your own actions and decisions is the key to prosperity- regardless of race or gender.

  27. Costas is speaking for his people….oh wait, just like the others, he isn’t Indian and ignores how Indians really feel to push his agenda.

  28. The image is of William “Lone Star” Dietz, whose mother was a full blooded Sioux Indian. Dietz was the first coach of the Redskins football team, and it was in his honor that the team was named “Redskins”. He brought a number of Indian players with him to the team and they wore war paint and Indian bonnets at games.

  29. Let’s change the name to the Washington Senators…… No, that won’t work. All of our Senators are crooks.
    How about the Washington Rattlesnakes? No, that won’t work either. That’s just another word for a politician.

    In the meantime…… Why doesn’t Bob Costas just SHUT UP!!!

  30. “Most self identified Native Americans”. That means any anglo-american who thinks he has a great great grandmother who was Cherokee. I’d like to see a survey of card carrying tribal members.

  31. Lost all respect for Costas years ago during an Olympics broadcast when Carl Lewis didn’t qualify for the 4×100 team and the USA got silver. After the interview he told the guys to “enjoy your silver medal” in a condescending tone. How disrespectful.

  32. Propaganda & fools talk dot com. It’s getting to the point of one redskins name change article for like every 4 other articles. We’re not coming here to promote your name change push, we just want to read about football! JUST FOOTBALL!!

  33. A French Catholic school named the Fighting Irish. Also happens to have a multi-year, multi-million contract with a broadcast partner that uses the letters N-B-C. There is your example. Now what?

    #hypocrites

  34. Costas had no trouble cashing WWF checks in the 1980’s, when he commentated events with evil Japanese, Russians, Iraqis and many more stereotypical characters.

  35. NBC will do anything to change the subject from this miserable administration. From Benghazi, to the IRS, to blocking United States war veterans from their non-government-funded memorials. It’s absolutely disgusting what this nation has become.

  36. So then shouldn’t the National Association for the Advancement COLORED People (NAACP) change their name? That name was brought about when it was acceptable to use it even though it’s no longer acceptable.
    Since this won’t be posted, I’ll add a personal note to you, Florio. Please write another article regarding the NAACP and how its name is not offensive. Keep $elling what NBC want$ you to.

  37. Why is our society giving theses journalists so much “moral power” over us? Bob Costas is just another guy with an opinion but his opinion should not be viewed as earth shattering and the final word.
    We need to refuse these progressive suto intellectual liberals who are constantly preaching to us on right from wrong ! Who really gives a damn what Costas, Oprah, Obama, etc. really think. We know right from wrong as a nation.

  38. The posters on here that are against changing the name are the same people who burned crosses in Black Americans front yards, didn’t want to give women the right to vote, and humped farm animals 40 years ago.

  39. rodgers419 says: Oct 13, 2013 10:53 PM

    The 15 year old white kids in PFT’s comment section just don’t understand what all the fuss is about.
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    Go stereotype somewhere else.

  40. tablescrappy says: Oct 13, 2013 10:56 PM

    I’m relieved to see the Fear of Change, Political Misconception, Walking Fallacy and Oversimplification clubs are all here doing their usual circle jerk.
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    Or, maybe we are right!

  41. national congress of american indians, which exists to represent the collective interests of first nations, has repeatedly claimed that the term “redskins” is derogatory, racially charged, and offensive to those it supposedly “honors”. So no, it isn’t only 10 white liberals that find it offensive, and yes some natives find it offensive as well.

  42. What the hell is Costas talking about? Think about what? The Redskins name is not offensive and Costas cannot offer a credible argument for his opinion. So Mister Costas has a problem – he holds an opinion he has no defense of.

  43. I wish “racists” would just keep their opinions to themselves. As Racists we don’t care what your opinion is, just as much as I don’t care what Macklemore thinks about gay marriage. Get off your soapbox and just call the friggin game and change the name already.

  44. This issue is a perfect example of what’s wrong with our thin-skinned society today. The over-whelming majority have no problem with the name Redskins, even the majority of American Indians, but the liberals, even if a minority on this issue are not going to let it die. Only those with a guilty conscience about how they themselves interpret the name feel the need to change the name. The real racists are those that demand a change of name, like they think it will cleanse they guilt feelings.

  45. Costas roasted the Skins on National TV. With him piling on, too, the name “Redskins” is now on life support as far as I am concerned. It’s just a matter of time.

  46. That’s it. I’m done with this crap. At first I thought this was just another fabricated story that would go away after the media realized how stupid they sound, but it seems like Florio is determined to campaign for a name change despite the metric TON of evidence out there that suggests the campaign is the complete opposite of what native Americans and Americans in general want. If I see one more article in this vein of thought I’m done with pro sports talk, just done.

  47. Why is our society giving theses journalists so much “moral power” over us? Bob Costas is just another guy with an opinion but his opinion should not be viewed as earth shattering and the final word.
    We need to refuse these progressive suto intellectual liberals who are constantly preaching to us on right from wrong ! Who really gives a damn what Costas, Oprah, Obama, etc. really think. We know right from wrong as a nation.

    ______________
    Because bryans49ers people like you are not intelligent enough to realize that it is no longer the 19th or 20th Century. Folks are constitutionally guaranteed to not be discriminated against.
    You know that one Tea Partiers the 14th Amendment.
    Change the Name Already

  48. Whoa whoa whoa…. Just a slip of the tongue. He meant to say the Redskins “game” was an insult and a slur.

  49. Might as well change the name of the Raiders and Bucs too, it’s basically like calling a team rapists, thiefs, kidnappers and killers, that’s what pirates used to do. Same can be said for the Vikings, and while we’re at it the Pats could be considered racist, most of the men that fought in the war back then owned slaves, so let’s change that. Let’s see what else there is to please these pansy media jackasses, here’s another the Cowboys, cause they fought the native Americans and therefore they should change there names.

    It’ll just be a matter of time before the media wants nearly every team name changed to some kind of bird or animal.

  50. Yeah – the Redskins wish it would go away…and so does 99% of the country Florio – blow it up with your little blowhorn all you want…Not a shock NBC is on a liberal tirade.

  51. It’s offensive. Change it. NBC, ESPN, Fox can bring about the change. Refuse to say it. Call the team the Washington NFL franchise. Never refer to it by the racist nickname. Eliminate it from the media. If there were a team called the Kikes, the Honkies, the Spearchuckers, would they acquiesce to using it.

  52. Ridiculous.
    Flavour of the day to make some people feel better about themselves and using their traditional media positions, in this world of competition with social media, to convince themselves that they are making a difference.

    When really, it’s all about patting themselves and their network on the back for forcing an answer down the throats of the public, to a question never asked.

    Meanwhile, the “Chop” continues on in Atlanta game in and game oit.

  53. Costas, Peter King, Florio, Dungy…hmm…trying to think of the common link. Notice how more people approve of the pro-Redskins comments??

    This was NEVER brought up in past years…last year the Redskins became prominent and never once was it an issue. But now we need to be hyper-sensitive about it when there are a million more important issues in this country…

  54. Wow, there are a lot of dumb hicks on this site.

    “Me just want to watch football….not think about real issues…too hard to empathize with others…old things can’t change…that would make my tiny brain explode.”

  55. Morality evolves. It’s the natural progression of our race. People saying “Why now? Why not 80 years ago?” are completely ignoring what the world was like 80 years ago.

    Would you use that reasoning when it came to minority or women’s rights?

    It’s about respect as much as it is skin color. This is a team where the federal government is located, the same government that had policies to literally kill them and/or displace them.

    There are many more factors here to think about rather than just “tradition.”

  56. It’s funny to me how me wanting to just be entertained by, I don’t know… Entertainers, qualifies me as a racist. Especially by someone who knows so much about me. Stay tough behind your keyboard.

  57. screw Bob Costas, screw Peter King, screw NBC, and screw Mike Florio. your little crusade is going nowhere.

  58. If NBC is going to do a political opinion piece in the middle of Sunday night game, they should at least have the balls to give the opposing viewpoint equal time.

  59. I’m completely against racism, but this crap has got to stop. 99.99% of the world’s problems are media driven. The primary reason we recognize an issue as problematic is because the media tells us its problematic.

  60. Show me through a study of the linguistic derivation of the word that it is a slur or racist and maybe I’ll start to care. Too frequently now we have people pounding the table claiming that the word is racist, but my understanding of the history of the word is that there is no consensus that it did in fact originate or operate as a slur. We also need to begin a discussion of objective offensiveness vs subjective offensiveness. For example, the n word is objectively offensive because we can trace its historically discriminatory nature and usage which is combined with racism and oppression, violent and psychological. Can we do the same with redskin? No. And the opining of rich white blowhards in print and media wont change that. It may guilt the less intelligent into a certain opinion though.

  61. doctorrustbelt says:
    Oct 13, 2013 10:48 PM
    The racist anti-minority, anti-women, anti-American Republicans want to change the Redskins name to the Washington White Obstructionist Airport Bathroom Creepsters.
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    You all should see the kind of filth this doctorrustbelt posts on here day after day. And his comments are never blocked or censored, like the rest of us, because he’s in lockstep with Florio’s politics.

  62. I’m not surprised Costas made this comment and I was fully expecting it to end up here. After all, it’s NBC. I’m sure my post will be deleted now.

  63. “…or any other ethnic group.” Well, it seems like you covered them all except for one. Why so afraid to say the last “ethnic group”??? And everyone knows that Redskin is not even in the same universe as the “N” word. Get real people.

  64. detectivejimmymcnulty says:
    Oct 13, 2013 10:33 PM
    Shocking you’d write about this Florio.

    The Redskins are 81 years old. Why is this an issue now? Seriously I hope they never change it. Censor my comment like you do most that disagree with you.

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    It has been an issue for decades. With the surge of social media and 24hr. News, it’s an issue that won’t go away thanks to technology. The real Indigenous peoples of this country are not going away. Genocide is illegal now. Time to change the name.

  65. The answer is simply…. you don’t like the name, don’t buy the merchandise, don’t watch NFL football, don’t go to games, and get your friends that are offended to do the same.

    It will make them change the name once it becomes financially burdensome… Of course it may take a while as they probably won’t miss the extra revenue they would get from the 10-20 people that are currently upset about it… but once the issue becomes important enough, and enough people get behind the issue, you’ll have enough of a boycott to make a difference.

    That is how the free market works…

  66. They need to change the name. Would anyone here go up to a group of Native Americans and call them a “bunch of redskins” to their faces?

    If the answer is no, then you should understand why it’s offensive.

  67. Change the name for a week to blackskins and trot out a mascot in blackface.maybe then people will realize how it can be seen as racist.

  68. Nice to see the Washington apologists out in force. Sadly for them the name will be changed. Progress is inexorable.

  69. How many of you were outraged when American dictionaries began listing the term “redskin” as offensive? None. So it’s clearly not the principle of it all.

    But now that a sports team’s name may get changed, people are throwing an absolute hissy fit, meanwhile, labeling the others as the “sensitive” ones.

    How ironic.

  70. If the left wants to pound this non-issue, can’t they at least put up one of their fake Indians like Ward Churchill or Elizabeth Warren to deliver the halftime whine?

  71. If the REDSKINS change their name, it officially marks the beginning of the end of all that America stands for. Private Enterprises controlling the decisions they have the right to make….democracy and majority opinion meaning anything….here we go.

    And after living in Asia for the past 10 years now…. it’s so much clearer to see it from the outside looking in.

    Sad.

  72. It’s only a matter of time before PETA comes out and says that they find teams that have animals as their name offensive. What a joke. This is only an issue now because some political correct activists with nothing else to do brought attention.

  73. I watched and heard Costas oped. He does not speak for me and it makes me mad because I don’t have the media platform he does when he stated:
    “Ask yourself what the equivalent would be if directed towards African Americans, Hispanics, Asians or any other ethnic group, When considered that way, ‘Redskins’ can’t possibly honor a heritage, or a noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term.

    My thoughts of Native Americans as brave, couragious and honorable is EXACTLY what REDSKINS aka REDPEOPLE has and always will evoke from this 2nd generation Irish/German Americans little brain.
    It is not even on the same planet as SLURS directed toward the other ethnic groups mentioned.

  74. you know, its been 81 years. 81 years. so you want to have this respect for history, honestly, my history, my parents history, and most of my grandparents history, has that team named the redskins. during no part of the lives of any of the above, have they used that term as anything other than that

    I never saw it as anything other than a name for a football franchise, can we leave it at that? as that is what it has been for 81 years. those crying NOW about it, oh please. PC

  75. Children are starving all over the world. In the Middle East, guys are being sentenced for 10 years and 2000 lashes for dancing naked on top of a car. Women are getting raped to death in India. North Korea has all sorts of issues. What does NBC do at half time? Talk about a name that is offensive to some Native Americans and all liberals. Florio doesn’t have enough journalist credit to address his distaste for the Redskins name, so NBC brings in Costas, who most people lost respect for when he went on a different non-sport soapbox about guns. It’s sad that NBC has nothing better to do than address the Redskins name. Maybe they will actually get someone political for the Kansas City Sunday Night game. I’m sure Americans would love to see Rachel Maddow on her soapbox at half time for that. #firstworldproblems

  76. So if racial slurs are not to be tolerated, and “redskin” is a racial slur, then why do NBC announcers keep saying “redskins” over and over again on national television?

    Certainly, if the team were named after any other racial slur, they wouldn’t dare let that word come out of their mouths. Something in their brain would say “hey, that’s an indecent thing to say. I’m definitely not letting that word come out of my mouth!”

    And yet, they continue to use that “slur” willy nilly. Why? Because that sensor in their brain isn’t telling them not to say it. Why? Because they don’t ‘really’ believe it’s a racial slur. If they really felt strongly about the redskins name, why wouldn’t they refer to the team as simply “Washington”? Because they’re a bunch of phonies, and indeed they are the ‘real’ racists. They’ve taken their agenda a bridge too far, and people are starting to see it.

  77. Hmm. So now its a slur. I remember protests in 91 at the Super Bowl. Then it was quiet until last season. You know, when the Redskins were good again. Since this push to change the name has come up in the last yr, ask RG3 how he feels.

  78. If you find the name offensive do not support the team or the league.

    If the majority of people want to support it and the business owner wants to keep it, it is their RIGHT to do so.

    I’m tired of a vocal minority trying to dictate and decide what is right for everyone else.

  79. The ONLY reason this non-story won’t die is because the media morons like Florio won’t stop crying about it.

  80. Obviously it’s NOT just a name, otherwise all of the racist white people posting here wouldn’t be up in arms against changing it! Look in the mirror and grow up a bit, it’s JUST a friggin’ football team and if it slurs anyone (which it does) then the RIGHT thing to do would be to change the name. It doesn’t make you a “wuss” to do the right thing. It can actually take MORE courage, which Dan Snyder and the majority of dopes posting here DON’T HAVE.

  81. Redskin actually refers to the slaughter of native americans, the blood spilled… NOT “war paint” not “pride” not “honor” EDUCATE YOURSELVES… Oh wait, you only do what Rush Limbagh tells you to do through his SOLID GOLD microphone. LOL

  82. Its going to happen, the league is getting to get too much pressure.

    What Snyder needs to do is set up an agreement along with a name change to get a stadium deal back in DC. And there must be some behind the scenes workings on Snyder being able to keep the Redskins trademark safe, because that is what happens next ,if the league doesn’t work something out with zero legal interference.

  83. Ah trends. Today it’s an insult. Yesterday it’s a compliment. They should just change the logo to shanahan’s face and it will get no complaints.

  84. Guess I’d be more convinced this was a real concern of costas’ and the rest of us 50 some year old white guys if we were a little more vocal about it 30, 20 or even 5 years ago before this became the PC du jour.

  85. Look at the consensus on here. A reflection of how racists America still is. Nobody has yet to come up with a legitimate explanation as to why “redskins” isn’t a derogatory term. Please arrive in the year 2013 and understand that “redskins” is a very derogatory. It’s so obvious. The “it has been a tradition for years” argument is so lame and holds no weight as a reason to not change it. You’re either too stupid to make the connection that this term is disrespectful, or you’re just a racist. Which one is it?

  86. I’m of mixed heritage. German, Irish, English and Italian.

    I’d be honored if the Redskins changed their name to the Washington Kraut Mick Limey’s of Dago.

  87. Clearly, next up will be the Browns for being offensive to black people, the Reds, which would upset communists everywhere, and finally the Giants who must be making midgets lives unpleasant.

  88. When they change the name of the Yankees, I’ll support a change in the Redskins! Yankee is still a term used to describe rich, white, anti-southerners from the northeast

  89. Where is the moral indignation over Notre Dame’s ” Fighting Irish”?
    The words and logo represent a dunken, violent Celtic American.
    Is it is acceptable to slur whites? (that is a rhetorical question)
    NBC broadcasts the games-will we see Mike and Bob spouting off at halftime next week?

  90. the Redskins is a FOOTBALL TEAM!!
    playing the greatest sport known to man kind. I dont belive they are out to hurt any race of people. I just hope the media shut up about it. Let the team and the Indian leaders fix this behind a closed door.

  91. One big difference is that the Indians originated the term themselves according to a Smithsonian scholar. It was not in fact used as a slur or an insult. Just as a means of identifying themselves.

  92. I am on the fence on this one, but the “why now” argument doesn’t hold water. I grew up with Looney Tunes cartoons and some of that stuff cannot be shown anymore. Times change. If Native peoples want the name changed we should do it. That is the right thing to do. If they say it is no big deal then move on IMHO.

  93. costas has been a reporter and news anchor for how long now? and the redskins have bedn an nfl team for how long now? but suddenly now this word and team name is offensive? ok BOB

  94. If NBC were fair to the full audience -their viewers-they SHOULD have had a point/counterpoint-an opinion by someone that was more moderate/conservative on the subject to orate why they view the name to NOT be offensive.

    That would be fair to the viewerships as a whole, rather than the totally, one-sided, slanted opinion of the liberal agenda.

    How about a little fairness/integrity to the subject as a whole and full education on how the name arose?

    Instead, you offer your own view……how utterly unfair!!!!

    You can say it is just an opinion……but it is utterly repulsive to not have the far majority speak to the subject by not allowing the other side to shed light on their opinion as well.

    Too bad, and WHAT A SHAME.

    Next up for Bob: gay marriage and immigration reform!!

  95. Hey NFL

    I am going to boycott SNL until they remove Costas & any of NBC’s aggenda crap from any of their broadcast

  96. Next week we’ll get a half-time primer on the benefits of Obamacare and how luck we are to live under his presidency.
    Thank you NFL for turning sports into politics.

  97. Who is Bob Costas anyway? He is NO different than any one of us and his OPINION is no different. Unfortunately, he has a “bully pulpit” that we don’t. He is a very good sports analyst and announcer – period. He is NOT a theologian or ethicist to my knowledge.

    He is also “cherry picking.”

    If the Washington Redskins need to change their nickname then so does EVERY OTHER TEAM such as the Cleveland Indians [just as big an insult] and especially the Atlanta Braves. Even the Florida State Seminoles even though they have “dispensation” from the Seminole Nation.

    This is utter nonsense and Costas should be limited to on air sports commentary. If he wants to exercise his free speech it should be another venue.

  98. mossaholicguy says:
    Oct 14, 2013 6:34 AM
    Look at the consensus on here. A reflection of how racists America still is. Nobody has yet to come up with a legitimate explanation as to why “redskins” isn’t a derogatory term. Please arrive in the year 2013 and understand that “redskins” is a very derogatory. It’s so obvious. The “it has been a tradition for years” argument is so lame and holds no weight as a reason to not change it. You’re either too stupid to make the connection that this term is disrespectful, or you’re just a racist. Which one is it?
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    Your “you must be stupid or racist” comment is weak. The name seems to offend white guilt suffering leftists more than anyone else. Where is you indignation over the real plights facing Native Americans today? Like most politically correct BS, the angst over names/labels makes white liberals “feel better” but does absolutely NOTHING to solve the real issues. Just like so many quixotic lefty PC causes, its all talk, no solutions.

  99. If I were Dan Snyder, I’d say “Okay, fine. You want a name change? Choose from one of the following”:

    Washington Crooked Politicians
    Washington National Debt
    Washington Red Tape
    Washington Bureaucrats

    Redskins sounds a whole lot better than any of those more accurate portrayals of our nation’s capital.

  100. Calm down America. Bob Costas can and should raise the question. I don’t care how used to the name we are, or what our “intent” may be. It is what it is. Native Americans were conquered and marginalized, with the impact still painfully visible on reservations to this day. And the Redskins (and other teams and schools) thought nothing of using their image and likeness as a mascot for our own sports and entertainment. Instead of yelling “YOU’RE NOT THE BOSS OF ME!” like a 5-year old, why not at least think about the real message this sends – that the names of our football teams and our cherished sports traditions have become a religion for us, so sacred we can no longer be objective or critical or rational in discussing them…

  101. Perhaps If they changed the logo instead of the name? They could replace the Native American on the logo with a red football

  102. Speaking of “insults, slurs”, how about we address the issue of casually throwing the term “racist” around this site. That isn’t hurtful? That isn’t a slur? Someone knowing nothing about me, my personal views, my history, my values, my RACE, it’s ok for you to call me a racist because I don’t agree with you? I’m Italian and Irish mostly, can I start a campaign against anyone that uses “dago”, “wap”, “mick”? What if people called me a “mutt” because of my mixed heritage? Of course WACANHFL, you wouldn’t care about that now would you, because no one else cares. How about you keep your hurtful thoughts and opinions of other people to yourself.

  103. By the way, comparing this to Notre Dame is ridiculous. Catholics taking the slur “Drunk Fighting Irish,” choosing it as their nickname and wearing it as a badge of honor and solidarity is different, precisely because it was the Catholics themselves that chose to adopt the name. If the team ownership, members, and fan base were predominantly Native American, this would be a far different discussion.

  104. Look at the consensus on here. A reflection of how racists America still is. Nobody has yet to come up with a legitimate explanation as to why “redskins” isn’t a derogatory term. Please arrive in the year 2013 and understand that “redskins” is a very derogatory. It’s so obvious. The “it has been a tradition for years” argument is so lame and holds no weight as a reason to not change it. You’re either too stupid to make the connection that this term is disrespectful, or you’re just a racist. Which one is it?
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    Why is Redskin a derogatory term?. To find a word offensive would mean that you see it as a negative to be called that word. What do you find to be so wrong with being a person with Red skin or being called a Redskin? I see nothing wrong with being a redskin or find anything wrong with being called a redskin, that is why the word isn’t derogatory to me. It seems to me then, you are the one who is racist because you think someone should be offended because they have Red skin. This is based on the basic definition of what Red Skin means. It also is defined as a word that is used to refer to Native Americans. Is there something wrong with being a Native American? These are the most basic definitions of the word. The origin of the word was used in this way. Only in a specific time in history was the word (maybe, not known as fact) used negatively to demean Native Americans. Nobody has actually given a negative definition of redskin though. Is there a definition out there that describes a redskin as a type of person one would not want to be? Even at it’s worst, the word may only have been used as a taunt by people that thought they were better than the Native Americans without actually portraying a redskin with negative stereotypes. Basically to hate being called a redskin is to agree that a redskin is someone who is lesser than one with whiteskin and that you wouldn’t or don’t want to be a redskin.

  105. Bob Costas needs to keep HIS opinions to himself! I mute/change channels when ever this twerp is on. The sooner we all do this the sooner he will either keep his mouth shut or get fired.

  106. Dear Mr. Coastas:

    I want to respect you opinion, that the name “redskins” is raciest

    but

    if you feel it is morally wrong, then why do you do the broadcast?

    basically, you are profiting by the name yourself

    if you are serious, refuse to do the broadcast of any redskins games and go without pay,

    then I will really respect your opinion…

    to say “this is wrong”, but to do the broadcast of something you believe is wrong, makes me think, how wrong can it be?

    so again Mr. Coastas, before you lecture me and others, please act like your serious, and if you do, it will get my attention….

    but if you don’t you are not different than the guy who buys stolen merchandise and makes believe he didn’t support the evil, because as long as people watch the games and buy the products, the name that you believe is morally wrong will continue in what you probabaly feel is a morally wrong coproate world that you profite finanically from

    resepctfully
    eg

  107. Costas is simply trying to be relevant, but by pushing a political agenda, he shows that he simply jumps on whatever bandwagon is passing by at the moment.

    First it’s American Civil rights, freedom and an attack on the 2nd Amendment, now it’s the free speech of a not so lovable private citizen, Dapper Dan Synder.

    Costas need to stick to broadcasting because least of all, NFL fans, Boycott the sponsors and see how fast bobble-head Bob shuts his pie hole.

    In Costa’s new PC America, we’d all be playing Cowboys and Native Americans with harsh words, disapproving looks, and public opinion polls.

    Bob, I can’t stress this enough – shut it!

  108. Rockets GM says:
    Oct 14, 2013 5:29 AM
    Redskin actually refers to the slaughter of native americans, the blood spilled… NOT “war paint” not “pride” not “honor” EDUCATE YOURSELVES… Oh wait, you only do what Rush Limbagh tells you to do through his SOLID GOLD microphone. LOL

    __________________________________

    Wait, what? Are you serious? I’m really hoping this is sarcasm. If not, JUST. STOP. TALKING.
    I’m sure your brain hurts after writing a grammatically poor paragraph. Go sit down and have a popsicle and mommy will rub your tummy.

  109. I don’t understand why we can’t watch a game without someone jumping on the soapbox to preach their opinions. Mr. Costas has plenty of other opportunities to voice is concerns about the issue of the “name”. I turn on the game to see and hear from the announcers, who want to actually talk about the game. Bringing politics, religion, sex, or any other “personal” life opinions into the conversation is wrong. I will listen to him at the right time. Not during ay allotted time for entertainment.

  110. Hmmmmm use a Sunday night football game for your one sides view. It’s not offensive at all. Unless u ask Obama, who with everything going on in this country u would thing he would have more important things to worry about. Lmao

  111. Where was this huge campaign to change the Redskins name when Rex Grossman was their QB? I mean look at the history of the battle to change their name, the only consistency you’ll find is when the team is relevant..

  112. Time to fire bob costas…..
    I was heard the meaning of Redskin as the the the blood of there enemy painted on their face for strength from the great spirits of a worrier in battle.. I love the Native Americans and redskin mean some thing different to me then what people like bob makes it to be.
    When you have some one like bob turn the true meaning to a ugly and sick thing for his own hidden guilt and racist thinking its time for them to go..

  113. I am Native American and my mom is African American . I love the Redskins . Always have . Growing up in North Carolina I recall watching the Super Bowl with my family . Great memories .I have no issue with the name and I hope Synder does not change the name . If he does I will never support the team . If people like Costas are so concerned with Native Americans , maybe he can insist all Native American land and power is returned to them. I wear my Redskin gear with pride and support Dan Synder.

  114. I suggest a name change from the Washington Redskins to the Washington Foreskins to honor all the PC dickheads like Bob Costas.

  115. What is really sad is that some 20 years ago the Dartmouth College Indians changed their name to the Big Green. The PC progressives of the 1980’s decided this since they knew so much more than the people of a hundred years ago who gave the name.

    It is sad because Dartmouth was founded by a Native American called Occum and the name “Indians” meant something.

    No one remembers him or the role Native Americans played in the beginning for the school.

    So now we need to remove Redskins, Braves, Indians, Seminoles [no dispensation, sorry], and all the others. Then PETA will be after the Packers since they are so “meat” oriented. Let’s see, what will be next?

  116. Putting the fact im a redskins fan aside, and speaking realistically …
    if Redskin(s) is a racial slur, than I think cracker(s) is a racial slur and I want the name changed on any product/advertisement because It offends me..think about it………….

    The redskins and logo were official in 1967, if the name redskins was not a problem then, then why now? lets get real… I never heard redskins used other than washington redskins.

    the people who are offended by a name let alone a football teams name, can only be looking for
    attention, publicity and/or law suit-

  117. Washington football fans talk about the history of the name, yet none seem to actually know the history of the name.

    George Preston Marshall was a known racist. The league was integrated in 1946, yet Marshall claimed he would never sign a black player. They were the southernmost team at that point and he wanted to keep the team “clean”. It wasn’t until 1962 when congress, led by RFK threatened to pull his lease at RFK Stadium (the government owned the land) that Marshall drafted his first black player, Heisman winner Ernie Davis (“The Express”). Davis said that he would “never play for that racist SOB”. Davis was traded for Bobby Mitchell. That is the rich tradition of how the Redkins were the last team to integrate.

    Contrary to popular belief neither Marshall nor his first coach “Lone Star” Dietz, who wore a head dress on the sidelines, had any Native American background at all. It was a dog and pony show to amuse their white fans.

    Before you talk about history of a name, Washington fans should actually find out what that history is, not just listen to each others unproven theories and spread them as if they were the truth.

    The name was offensive in 1933 and it is offensive now. It is time for a change.

  118. The fact that the name was first implemented by a known racist who refused to integrate his team makes it impossible to argue the use was originally good intentioned. That it is still an NFL franchise name and a large group of Americans are currently actively supporting it inflates the impact of it’s existence from wrong to oppressive.

    Washington’s football team will have a new name because those who make a game more important than another human being’s heritage are choosing irrelevance in a world that is constantly moving toward inclusion and respect. Instead of fighting the inevitable, consider having an impact by suggesting a name that will have a place in the future of the NFL.

  119. Bob Costas is an Idiot, I am of Hispanic-Native American and N O ! I am not offended by the name Redskin and think of it with pride! Not the same as the N word orr similar to any such animal! I’m Offended by NBC and Bob C!!

  120. hscorpio says: Oct 14, 2013 8:34 AM
    “…But Prince George County Redskins doesn’t sound right, either.”
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    That’s because it’s Prince GEORGES County, Henny.
    That being said, the only thing I want to see Bob Costas in is his coffin.

  121. No one is talking about the second part of this “problem” which is if you change the name, what do you change the name to? Call me a conspiracy theorist but to me, this is just a back door way for Obama to get a football team named after him. If they were REALLY concerned about offending Indians, they would demand ALL teams named after Indians be changed. There, I said it.

  122. Morality evolves. It’s the natural progression of our race. People saying “Why now? Why not 80 years ago?” are completely ignoring what the world was like 80 years ago.

    Would you use that reasoning when it came to minority or women’s rights?
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    Horrible analogy. Nobody is restricting any rights of native americans nor is anybody segregating them. In fact, they have been self-segregating for hundreds of years. Nobody is denying their rights to anything. And no, nobody has the right to not be offended by something.

    At this point, just change all these names with any reference to Indians whatsoever. Let’s just forget they even exist. Let’s wipe out any tribute or reference to them whatsoever. Let them wallow in their chosen obscurity on their reservations living off the sales of cheap cigarrettes, government handouts, and Casino licenses. Then they’ll see their lot in life in modern America has nothing to do with the name of a sports team, but is actually the path of their own choosing.

  123. It’s an insult I had to listen to Costas because I didn’t have control of remote. He also said later that he was insulted by the term Giants and wants it changed being he is 4’5″ and can’t ride any rides at the theme park.

  124. The game of football has survived long before Costas was here and contrary to his belief, it’ll survive long after he’s gone as well. Thanks for your infinite wisdom Bob, now you can go away!

  125. Why is this a big deal today? Tell me Tonto why do you care now? If it was insulting then it would have been true 20-80 years ago.

    Enjoy your 15 min of fame.

  126. This wasn’t even an issue 80 years ago, or even 20 years ago for that matter. This is all the more proof that there are more people today than ever, that embrace racism and don’t want it to go away and this is just another tool to use to move that agenda. It’s a sad thing.

  127. If NBC wants to continue to use halftime to shove their political agenda down our throats, then they need to at least present both sides of the debate. It’s unfair for NBC and Costas to run down the list of reasons they feel the Redskins name is offensive, without giving Dan Snyder or a representative of the Redskins organization an opportunity to respond on air. Perhaps Bob Costas would be a better fit on MSNBC.

  128. Good point njskinsfan. Also, I’d like for someone to look into the money aspect of this argument. Because I’m sure money is an issue here.

  129. Listen Everyone!!! You’re saying this on the wrong website! Costas isn’t going to read any of this. He needs to get these same posts on his Facebook page or at NBC. Honestly, I’m ready to stop watching Sunday Night Football if that weasly little, botox injected, face lifted idiot says one more political word while I’m trying to watch the game. I’m sick of his opinion and I’m really sick of hearing his crap during game time. I’m posting my thoughts where NBC can read them (not that they will because I disagree with them) but at least I’ll feel better afterwards.

  130. The name Redskins is a slur. Still, that doesn’t mean they should change it. If anything, they should develop an even more politically incorrect secondary nickname to really give the pansies something to complain about.

  131. At least PFT didn’t censor the opposing viewpoints on this topic. It is overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the nickname.

    That is all I ever ask.

  132. As a Packer fan Costas has zero credibility to me. He should care more about the people hes speaking to then about trying to win an award every time he talks. Back on topic, this is what our country has come to? People are starving, dying and being treated unfairly everyday and some are whining about an NFL hurting their feelings? Seriously? Economy, wars in mideastern countries and use of chemical weapons and omg Redskins is making me butthurt? You know why this bothers some people now days? They are afraid you wont come to their casino if you view them as a redskin. Have pride in your heritage. Dont cower from it for monetary gain. Ive always veiwed the american indian as a proud and defiant group. They were treated unfairly and fought back. Just like alot of the rest of the americans did under english rule. Find something important to fight for.

  133. To Dan S: if you ever cave into these pc, liberal, left-wing wacko’s I will no longer support the team in Washington… my Redskins. I will either become a Cowboy fan or just totally boycott the NFL entirely. Any REAL Redskin fan should do the same. Don’t cave Dan, you will lose most of your fan base and all of our Respect ias fans n the process.

    #Don’tCaveDanOrRealSkinsFansAreGone

  134. This whole “issue” with the Redskins is ALL ABOUT MONEY not the name. The DC mayor wants the team to move back to Washington provided they change the name (to boost the DC economy). The team being located in Landover, Md. does not bring MONEY into DC. The activist agenda is getting a piece of Redskins Merchandising Profits and the politicians are trying to boost their exposure to benefit themselves… Think about it hard folks and dig and research the true essence of why this “issue” is coming up. No One thought the Skins name was offensive or disparaging until people like said politicians, activists with agendas and certain Media outlets started telling us that we Should be offended. We thought of it (and still do) as the name of a proud football team in Washington full of long, rich and positive history and heritage. The name Redskins is 100% prideful and honorable and I am a man of proud Cherokee Heritage. I love the name as does my whole family, Native American extended family and Native American friends and acquaintances. Long live the great franchise forever known as The Washington Redskins.

  135. I think Mr. Costas is really off base with this one. If he concedes the overwhelming majority of Native Americans do not have a problem with the franchise name, then who is he trying to protect??? All he’s accomplishing with his argument is further deleting the image of American Indian from society.
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  136. Man FLOOR how many people are you going to go down on until the name changes? How does Costas taste?

  137. to bad johnnyballsack says does not accurately portray his history lesson. In 1933 they were the BOSTON BRAVES. Wow, for someone that is giving a history lesson you should really verify you facts. That simple part pretty much negates anything logical you may have said.

  138. Really sick of this now. Costas and his soapbox need to be thrown out. Used to actually like the guy but lately he is angling himself as high and mighty and as his opinion carries some weight. He has been a broadcaster for how long and this has never been an issue until now with him? Drips of contrived bullsh.

  139. irishdodger says:Oct 13, 2013 10:48 PM

    What about the Washington Wizards? That name promotes witchcraft…I’m offended. What about the Oakland Raiders? That nickname glorifies immoral men who rape & pillage. Or the San Diego Padres…where’s the separation of sports & religion.

    We Were and still are Al Davis’ Raiders!The Pro Football Raiders. We aint no Pirates son! That Just sounds good in the Autumn Wind…and just because some die hards dress up as pirates that doesn’t mean we are that.Dont have a problem with it but just want to set the record staright!

    When asked were we Pirates? Al said we are Raiders!

    The Autumn wind is a Pirate,The Autumn wind is a Raider.Steve Sabol wrote that for NFL Films, not Al.

    Ever heard of corporate raiders?dont think there is any raping going on there.

    Yeah a Pirate is a Raider! but we are not Pirates and certainly not the Pirates you describe that glorify immoral behavior.Regardless of what you all may think,you are wrong!

    Dont let the eye patch fool ya…We didnt have to rape get the gape!Yeah the only thing we did was mentally rape and physically pillage Pro Football back in the day.

    That is not a Pirate on our helmet. That is a Raiduh!

    So you all can leave us out out of your debate.

    Raiders Infinitely…

  140. Great job Mr. Costas on alienating yourself from most NFL fans who couldn’t care less about the Skins name. Your gun rant was just wonderful too, your so brilliant Bob. I have now lost all respect for you… Bravo!

  141. Someone needs to slap that sissy. Native Americans do not care. How about caring about their other needs such at risk children that live in poverty and limited to no resources on the reservation to help them out. Bob I hope you love to hear yourself talk, because no one else is listening.

  142. Frankly, I think all of this talk about this “issue” is moving more and more people to the right… Just like me. I used to consider myself slightly leaning to the left and I’m a registered Independent but now I find myself moving more to the right every day. Congratulations.

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