Rock Newman tweets from RG3 wedding, bashes Redskins name


Boxing promoter/radio host/jack of many trades Rock Newman received one of the golden tickets to the wedding of Robert Griffin III, which may or may not have been officially presented by Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Of course Newman is tweeting from the event, and of course Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post is retweeting the tweets.  And course we’re reading the tweets.

One tweet links to a Facebook post with this observation from Newman:  “I admire RG3 and am pleased to b attending his wedding to begin momentarily.  Let no one get it twisted, as I sit very near Dan Snyder, I despise the RACIST, DISRESPECTFUL name of the team whose jersey he wears.”

Snyder has vowed to “NEVER” change the name.  Griffin recently posted a message on his Twitter page lamenting “the tyranny of political correctness,” prompting some to suspect he was complaining about the opposition to the team name.

16 responses to “Rock Newman tweets from RG3 wedding, bashes Redskins name

  1. Everybody should watch the movie Idocracy and check out the Fuddruckers scene. It’s 30 seconds long but it fits this Redskins argument perfectly.

  2. Yeah….the tyranny of political correctness that allows Robert Griffin to earn a living in a no longer segregated sport and patronize any business, public restroom, and water fountain he wishes.

    Also the same tyranny that allows him to live his life without having to see overt racism on a daily basis like a racial slur being attached to a high-profile organization…..well, of course I mean a racial slur that applies to HIS race.

  3. Talk about looking a gift ‘horse’ in the mouth Mr. Newman.

    But seriously, congratulations to RGIII for setting an example to kids. In a time when we have superstars with 11 kids from different ladies, it’s great to see a young man with fame and fortune show he has a head on his shoulders.

    And as far as the word ‘Redskins’ goes, can’t we just accept that it no longer is used as a slur? Words change over time. A bundle of sticks is now an insult. The word ‘bigot’ used to make fun of the Swedish. The more we use Redskins as a word to represent good work ethic, and hard working players, the more we ‘reclaim’ the word.

  4. Way to turn a Redskin player story into a Redskin name story. You are such a jackass Florio. The name was established in 1932. Snyder had no hand in naming the team and any person who would want to change an

  5. If he really DID despise the name so much, you’d think he’d find a seat not-so-very near Dan Snyder. Like, next to the kitchen, or next to the bathroom door, where nobody wants to sit. Just to avoid proximity to Snyder to make a statement.

    Oh wait…it’s impossible to make a silent-gesture, politically motivated statement when nobody knows who the hell you are.

    Well, I guess that’s what Twitter was invented for…

    Bravo, Newman!

  6. The Washington Bullets seemed to change their name without any issues, The Redskins can do the same it’s not like they’ll lose their fan base if they change it, keep the same colors just get rid of that name… Washington Natives, done can even keep the same logo

  7. My eyeballs started to bleed when I got to the part where he used “momentarily” wrong. I’m not some perfect person by any means but I HATE word misuse by people trying to sound educated and that one is NEVER used correctly.

    Also tweeting during a wedding is very rude in my opinion. I was at a wedding years ago that was during the basebore playoffs and the local team was involved and people actually brought tv sets to the reception. Just plain rude.

  8. Newman, like so many, is ignorant of the facts.

    The first known use of the word redskin to be published contemporaneously, as reprinted in Niles’ Weekly Register (Baltimore) for October 14, 1815, from an issue of The Western Journal (St. Louis) that does not survive. Shown is the first paragraph of the official translation of the speech that the Meskwaki chief Black Thunder made on July 20, 1815, in the treaty council at Portage des Sioux, Missouri Territory. Addressing Gov. William Clark according to Indian convention as “My Father,” he referred to Indians and Europeans in the Meskwaki language as “red skins and white skins.” These were idioms current in several Indian languages of the area which were translated into Mississippi Valley French as Peaux-Rouges and Peaux-Blanches, and from French into local English. Credit: Smithsonian Institution, Dibner Library.

    A page of a traditional history written in the Meskwaki language in 1914 by Charley H. Chuck (1867-1940). Indians are referred to as “e sa wi na me ska ta” and “mesgi na me ska ta” (lines 12-14) and Europeans are called “wa be ski na me ska ni tti ni” (lines 18-19). These are vernacular spellings of eesaawinameshkaata ‘one with brown skin’ and meeshkwinameshkaata ‘one with red skin’ (both meaning ‘Indian’), and waapeshkinameshkaanichini, an inflected form (called the obviative) of waapeshkinameshkaata ‘one with white skin, white person’.

    The Annenberg Public Policy Center National Annenberg Election Survey 2004 (conducted in 2003-04), reports:

    Most American Indians say that calling Washington’s professional football team the “Redskins” does not bother them, the University of Pennsylvania’s National Annenberg Election Survey shows.

    Ninety percent of Indians took that position, while 9 percent said they found the name “offensive.” One percent had no answer. The margin of sampling error for those findings was plus or minus two percentage points.

    Because they make up a very small proportion of the total population, the responses of 768 people who said they were Indians or Native Americans were collected over a very long period of polling, from October 7, 2003 through September 20, 2004. They included Indians from every state except Alaska and Hawaii, where the Annenberg survey does not interview. The question that was put to them was “The professional football team in Washington calls itself the Washington Redskins. As a Native American, do you find that name offensive or doesn’t it bother you?”

  9. the franchise in question has a long and documented history of bigotry. its owner, George Preston Marshall, named the team after a head coach whose mother MAY have been part indian, and regardless that coach was fired within two years.
    Marshall’s franchise was then forced to integrate by the federal government, some years after the rest of the league had integrated.
    in his will, Mr. Marshall put aside money for charitable causes but ONLY to benefit causes which didn’t support integration in any way.
    if it quacks like a racist . . .

  10. Maybe, or it could be that since his Boston ” Braves ” were moving from ” Braves ” Field to Fenway Park that he would share with the ” RED ” sox he wanted something similar while keeping the Native American theme, and went with ” Redskins “.

    As far as what the local tribal leaders say:

    It doesnt bother me, Robert Green, the chief of the Patawomeck Tribe, told Woody. About 98 percent of my tribe is Redskins fans, and it doesnt offend them, either


    Im a Redskins fan, and I dont think theres any intention for (the nickname) to be derogatory, said Kevin Brown, chief of the Pamunkey Tribe.

    The majority of the people in my tribe dont have a problem with it


    I dont have an issue with it, said G. Anne Richardson, chief of the Rappahannock Tribe. There are so many more issues that are important for the tribe than to waste time on what a team is called

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