One of the best players to put on a Washington Redskins uniform in the time that Dan Snyder has owned the franchise is calling on Snyder to change the team’s controversial name.
Champ Bailey, a four-time Pro Bowler for the Redskins before he was traded to the Broncos in 2004, told USA Today that it’s time to listen to Native Americans who say the term “Redskins” offends them.
“When you hear a Native American say that ‘Redskins’ is degrading, it’s almost like the N-word for a black person,” Bailey said. “If they feel that way, then it’s not right. They are part of this country. It’s degrading to a certain race. Does it make sense to have the name?”
Bailey said Snyder needs to put stubbornness aside and do the right thing.
“I get it, he doesn’t want to change it,” Bailey said of Snyder. “But he’s making it worse than it should be.”
Snyder has said he will never change his team’s name. It’s becoming increasingly clear that if Snyder maintains that position, this issue will never go away.