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Fletcher started to “feel a little bit uneasy” about Redskins name in 2013

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It remains to be seen whether the firestorm emanating from comments made by an 80-year-old basketball owner will affect the 81-year-old name of a football team.  But the Donald Sterling situation provided former Redskins linebacker London Fletcher a context for sharing his views about whether a change should be made.

“I played in Washington for seven years and the first six I didn’t really pay that much attention to it until this past offseason when more groups started coming out and talking about the Redskins name,” Fletcher said on Tuesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN.  “I started looking at it and doing a little bit of research on it and I started to feel a little bit uneasy about it; I spoke to our G.M. Bruce Allen about it.”

So what did Fletcher tell Allen?

“I told him Mr. Snyder should go and speak with Native Americans to get a true understanding of how they feel about the Redskin name and if it was offensive,” Fletcher said.  “I wanted Mr. Snyder to go out and talk to them because he’s the one that is ultimately going to make the decision.  It’s his football team and he’s the one who’s been adamant that he’s not going to change the name, but I think if he goes and has some conversations maybe he might look at it a little different.”

To date, Snyder has yet to provide any indication that he’d ever change his mind about changing the name.  He could be changing his tune if/when the winds of change that blew Donald Sterling’s house down swirl toward D.C.

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49 Responses to “Fletcher started to “feel a little bit uneasy” about Redskins name in 2013”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 29, 2014 10:32 PM

    Snyder will change the name when he has an incentive to do so. Either deliver a bag of cash, or a horrifying weather report, and then the name can be changed.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 29, 2014 10:37 PM

    While we’re on the subject, a city in England and arrow makers everywhere would like to speak to the former Washington linebacker about an issue that’s been troubling them.

  3. defscottyb says: Apr 29, 2014 10:39 PM

    Fletcher said he didn’t even think about the name in his first 6 years playing for the team. On the 7th year it started being forced down his and our throats.

  4. cfballfan1 says: Apr 29, 2014 10:39 PM

    Nice try.

  5. sylvester000001 says: Apr 29, 2014 10:40 PM

    To even attempt to equate a non-racist team name with Sterling is nothing but desperation from The Misinformed.

    The Misinformed are the largest growing social group in the country. And they have no problem rearing their ill-informed heads in their inherant and unnecessary nastiness.

    The Misinformed are The Misinformed because when they cannot grasp the truth of an issue they go off on any tangent they can because the goal of The Misinformed is their own selfish victory, not truth.

    And this is what you have here. A non-factual (poor attempt at) linking something negative with the issue at hand that they are misinformed about.

    It’s desperation, and desperation is always present when one is on the wrong side of an issue; an issue that The Misinformed themselves have ginned up and now refuse to let go because letting go would be an admission they’re incorrect; which admission of mistake is in direct contradiction to the psyche of the Misinformed one. They are simply not able to do so.

    So they will never stop picking fights and destroying because they are unable to stop, as present here. So, you must fight the Misinformed in every argument.

  6. thetroofishere says: Apr 29, 2014 10:41 PM

    He started regretting that he signed with the Washington football team. Lol.

  7. tomthumbsblues says: Apr 29, 2014 10:44 PM

    Mike’s mad since Rich Tandler told him that he didn’t see a Redskins name change happening in his lifetime at the very least. Tandler is only around 50.

  8. primenumber19 says: Apr 29, 2014 10:48 PM

    Cue the idiots who have no concept of the first amendment or it’s application.

  9. youhurtmyfeelings says: Apr 29, 2014 10:48 PM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. youhurtmyfeelings says: Apr 29, 2014 10:49 PM

    REDSKINS REDSKINS REDSKINS REDSKINS REDSKINS REDSKINS REDSKINS REDSKINS REDSKINS REDSKINS REDSKINS REDSKINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. uncletuna says: Apr 29, 2014 10:51 PM

    If that’s how London Fletcher feels then he should forward all proceeds he’s earned as a Redskin directly to Native American Indians and not Native American In Name Only lobbyist – maybe that should ease his conscience…

  12. thereyougo2 says: Apr 29, 2014 11:03 PM

    80 years and never heard a complaint. Last one year the press won’t let up. Two years from now will become a never talked about issue.

    What’s in a name anyway?

  13. ravensdominate says: Apr 29, 2014 11:08 PM

    Oh waaaah! Tired of this crap. The double standard in this country is unreal. These people even have me defending the Redskins!!!

  14. tomthumbsblues says: Apr 29, 2014 11:10 PM

    Snyder took his advice and visited 26 reservations, and he’s not changing the name.

  15. pilonflats says: Apr 29, 2014 11:15 PM

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

  16. tinbender2000 says: Apr 29, 2014 11:15 PM

    If there were a large number of Native Americans playing in the NFL that name would have been changed a long time ago. That alone tells you two things. (1) It’s racist. (2) It needs to go, now.

  17. jshawaii22 says: Apr 29, 2014 11:16 PM

    The issues aren’t in the same world. Donald Sterling is a racist. Talks, acts, and is a racist.

    No one is accusing Dan Snyder of personally being a racist, saying racist things about Native American’s or anything in the same world.

    I don’t know if the ‘skins name is right or wrong, but the NBA and the NFL are not going to be looked at as a similar issue.

  18. mdpgc says: Apr 29, 2014 11:21 PM

    There is a big difference between the REMARKS that were made by Donald Sterling and the Redskins team name. Sterling made REMARKS that were both racist and comments towards numerous ethnic groups. The Redskins organization has not yet made any racist REMARKS or comments toward Native Americans.

    Apples aint got nothing to do with oranges!

  19. asw1028 says: Apr 29, 2014 11:22 PM

    It’s pretty incredible that we still have a sports franchise with the name ‘Redskins.’ Can someone please explain to me how that is any different than if an NBA team were named the ‘Darkies?’

  20. tomtravis76 says: Apr 29, 2014 11:32 PM

    Roger, the NBA has drawn the line, everyone will be looking at the shield on how it will respond to its racist team name.

  21. n0hopeleft says: Apr 29, 2014 11:42 PM

    Snyder is also a racist, and his team should be banned for life as well. Not like anyone would notice they’re gone since they’re consistently the worst team in the NFC over the last 20 years.

  22. bluntsmokinskinsfan says: Apr 29, 2014 11:44 PM

    Give up. A name change is not happening. Not everything is politically incorrect or racist. I’m offended by crackers. I’m offended by cracker jacks. Get over it people.

  23. 1sttimepftcomment says: Apr 29, 2014 11:49 PM

    WOW, here we go!!! Gonna have to ignore the media altogether!

  24. beerbudsnbevo says: Apr 30, 2014 12:00 AM

    People see what they want to see.

    But I agree, I may not see it offensive although I’m part Indian.

    So…change all names that are offensive.

    And once we are done, no more special breaks for anyone. No matter the race, the creed, the religion…

  25. nmills001 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:30 AM

    I think its dumb the NBA banned him for life over a private conversation. Yes 2 wrongs don’t make a right. He should of been fined and apologize then let it go.

  26. eagles512 says: Apr 30, 2014 12:41 AM

    This is beyond reaching trying to compare these 2 situations.

  27. minnesotablizzard says: Apr 30, 2014 12:43 AM

    I could show you so many historical quotes and contexts where native Americans call themselves redskins and find pride in it. What goes up must come down I suppose. These cycles.

  28. chawk12thman says: Apr 30, 2014 12:54 AM

    If Synder talks about Native Americans with the same fervor and negativity as Sterling did about Black Americans, I would definitely want the NFL Commissioner to react, similarly. To date, I would say that it has been just the opposite. Barring some tape recording from an estranged wife/girl friend, these two issues are vastly different.

  29. bobnelsonfootballroutineishilarious says: Apr 30, 2014 12:56 AM

    Nor should he provide any indication of changing it. As a Fletcher fan, I must say that his opinion doesn’t matter any more than the rest of us. So what if he allowed left wing sissified media to brainwash him into thinking the name is “wrong” after only six previous years of playing for the team and not noticing it being offensive. A lot of weak minded people can be convinced of anything. That, however, is not me, nor Dan Snyder. Go to your little corner and continue to be offended. Smh

    Httr

  30. briang123 says: Apr 30, 2014 1:19 AM

    I’m just curious why Joe Gibbs and Vince Lombardi aren’t taken to task for not speaking out about the Redskins name?

  31. campcouch says: Apr 30, 2014 4:23 AM

    yeah you did.

  32. eaglesw00t says: Apr 30, 2014 5:39 AM

    I say again. When Native American high schools stop using the name redskins, so then should Snyder. Until then, it’s hypocrisy

  33. wyrdawg says: Apr 30, 2014 5:45 AM

    It remains to be seen whether the firestorm emanating from comments made by an 80-year-old basketball owner will affect the 81-year-old name of a football team.

    That pretty much says it all, doesn’t it?

  34. revskip says: Apr 30, 2014 5:57 AM

    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”

    Mahatma Gandhi

  35. babyteal1 says: Apr 30, 2014 6:13 AM

    Hey London…zip it!!! Thanks for the years of service now shout your mouth…thx

  36. footballtalk1 says: Apr 30, 2014 6:23 AM

    So he didn’t feel bad about an offensive name that has racist undertones until it became a topic to bandwagon? Nice try London!

  37. sonoftelemon says: Apr 30, 2014 6:37 AM

    Speaking of names, all this from a man who can’t decide if he wants to be London Fletcher or London Fletcher-Baker

  38. scgentleman98 says: Apr 30, 2014 6:48 AM

    Only way I see the Redskins name change is if sponsors start pulling out (i.e. Subway, Papa Johns, Geico, Fed Ex, etc.).

  39. blackqbwhiterb says: Apr 30, 2014 6:57 AM

    Apparently Mr. Snyder has spoken to various Native American groups and they are NOT offended….. It’s cute how AFTER you’re done taking his money your allegiance changes, & your opinion begins to “evolve”…… I still maintain that the most offended group in this case are liberal white people in the media, who refuse to acknowledge the fact that the name was adopted as a way of honoring Native Americans. The historical record and evidence of that position are clear, yet the media insists that the franchise’s intention is bad, racist, and demeaning.

  40. cleminem757 says: Apr 30, 2014 6:59 AM

    Mr. Snyder did exactly as Fletcher said he should do and the Native Americans spoke loud and clear. They overwhelmingly support the name and logo. Don’t believe the hype the media is feeding you!!! HTTR!!!

  41. wayne1693 says: Apr 30, 2014 7:30 AM

    Daniel Snyder would have a perfect right to be ANGRY for connecting Sterling to the ‘Redskins’. Guess the next step would be to argue that keeping the name is tantamount to Slavery…

  42. leftfootnittmo says: Apr 30, 2014 8:24 AM

    keep blowing that wind of change then

  43. jackburton77 says: Apr 30, 2014 9:27 AM

    Snyder listened and the only group that cares is this Oneida outfit because they want the press. I’m a Cherokee Indian and if someone called me a Redskin I’d be the farthest thing from offended. The stigma behind the n-bomb isn’t comparable to redskin..so dumb to even compare the two.

  44. politicallyincorrect says: Apr 30, 2014 10:31 AM

    Hail to the Redskins!

    Pizz off to ANYONE trying to invent an issue or voicing concern re: Redskins name; name is not a slur no matter what you desire and it has never been used as a slur…

  45. jdphx says: Apr 30, 2014 1:33 PM

    “He could be changing his tune if/when the winds of change that blew Donald Sterling’s house down swirl toward D.C.”

    And we haven’t seen even the first move from
    Sterling yet. You can be sure he won’t just roll over.

  46. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 30, 2014 3:23 PM

    During Sterling’s PRIVATE conversation with his BLACK gold-digging girlfriend, not once did he use a racial slur, such as the n-word.
    And as long as ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith can continue to call the city of Washington, D.C., “Chocolate City,” without ramifications, I see no reason for the city’s football team not to be called the “Redskins.”

  47. juliusanonymous says: Apr 30, 2014 3:34 PM

    They should just change the name to “Washington Punching Bags” because that’s basically what they’ve been for the last 20+ years.

    Or “Washington Running Jokes”. That works too.

  48. defscottyb says: Apr 30, 2014 4:24 PM

    Sterling will sue the NBA book it. Also, the Clippers are worth like $600 million. He will cash out a very rich (even richer) man. I love how all these people keep saying he is ruined or been brought down. Poor Donald. Yeah, what he said was suspect but didn’t deserve a lifetime ban. Comparing the Skins to this guy is totally out of line.

  49. gibbsandflair says: Apr 30, 2014 5:04 PM

    but it didnt bother him enough to keep cashing the checks with Redskins letterhead

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