Nancy Pelosi says Redskins should lose their trademark

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi says the word “Redskins” is a slur that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should not protect.

“We all respect freedom of speech, but the trademark office has rejected names which are considered offensive and they should do it now,” Pelosi told the National Congress of American Indians, via the Huffington Post. “They can keep their name on the team, but when it comes to all the stuff — that’s serious money. So I think that is one path that we can go.”

The NFL and its teams have trademarks that prevent unauthorized sellers from selling merchandise with team names, colors and logos. Losing the trademark on the name would allow anyone to print knockoff Redskins gear and cost the team and the league millions of dollars a year in merchandising.

Dan Snyder may not be willing to change the Redskins’ name because some Native Americans are offended by it, but he would likely change his mind on the subject if losing the trademark affected the team’s profitability.

143 responses to “Nancy Pelosi says Redskins should lose their trademark

  1. Good. If that slimy rat Dan Snyder continues to have a deaf ear towards racial slurs, hit him in the only place he cares about: his bank account.

  2. If any of these pundits would take a moment to educate themselves on the history of the term, the history of the team etc. they would keep their mouths shut.

  3. We don’t believe in free speech. For example, the flurking awhole mod won’t let me post a statistical essay about the Broncos 2013 sked. He’s been following that post every day for 2 days like a bloodhound.

  4. This is the same woman who said she would read the ACA after it was passed… those face lifts are getting to her brain.

    If Jerry Jones and Nancy did the same amount of work at their jobs that they’ve had done on their faces, they might actually accomplish something!

  5. Nancy… about you fix healthcare, unemployment, veterans disability, poorly funded education, immigration and gun control before we fix the Redskin issue

  6. ummmm if you agree with Pelosi on just about anything, you might want to take a good hard look at the other side of the issue…

  7. Whats funny, is here in Arizona there is a school on an indian reservation called red mesa. They are the red mesa redskins. They must paying money to Snyder in order to use the same exact logo.

    This is on an Indian reservation, paying money to use the name and logo. So tell me… Who is offended?

  8. Damn. I fully believe it’s long overdue that the Redskins name is completely offensive, but now that Pelosi has weighed in on this, I’m starting to think there’s a chance I might be wrong.

  9. Nancy Pelosi should lose her job. that’s serious money. I think that’s one path we can go.
    I’m sure glad all these idiot politicians have nothing better to do than worry about a sports franchise. I’m sure Obama will be coming out with his March Madness NCAA Tournament bracket prediction any day now.

  10. I don’t think the Patent Office has the authority to REVIEW already existing approved trademarks… Ms. Pelosi is dreaming out loud on this one… pathetic attempt for leverage…

  11. How will losing their trademark solve our national debt? Or the Ukraine crisis? Stick to your poor attempt at politics you despicable witch.

  12. I have a shirt that says “Fire Pelosi”…I will now wear this shirt every day of my life. Leave the name alone and worry about the country Pelosi

  13. If I was against the name before I support it now. Just when you think you’ve read everything here we get Pelosi.

  14. If it comes to losing the trademark then change the name, but not before. As far as Nancy Pelosi… well, she can say what she wants, because “we all respect freedom of speech,” but she doesn’t possess the credibility to be a driving force in this issue. How is that for polite?

  15. Whether or not I agree with her, I don’t see how these comments added to the discussion of the military appropriations bill…

    /pork joke

  16. I wouldn’t mind all the gear saying “Washington” instead of “Redskins”, I honestly prefer teams going by their city name anyways to be honest.

  17. Politicians are a joke. Yea oh yea they can keep their name just not the money. I am also going to guess the patent and trademark office don’t get into politically correct issues. They just do their job and move on. I got an idea, to be a politician in Washington you shouldn’t get paid. Then you will find out who really want to serve their country. Seems easy enough

  18. Every swinging utter in Congress should worry about lack of work they have done for the people of this country, rather than the name of a football team. Hey, Nancy, you and your worthless cronies shut the hell up and get to work.

  19. An overdue reminder that self-appointed social engineers like Madam Speaker Pelosi are never happy. Give them what they claim they want, they move on to the next complaint. The only way to win is not to play.

  20. You know, I didn’t really have a problem with the Redskins keeping their name, but all the vitriol against a person espousing the opposite opinion is making me rethink my position.

  21. oh wait i forgot to bash the media for this story, because you never ever ever hear a story about Indians who aren’t objecting to the name. True story , I live in NY and was in a bowling league 15 years ago. There was a team from the res. in the league and who do you think their favorite team was? You guess it the Redskins! 2 of them had nothing but Redskins jackets. Plus hats the whole deal. I am sure they wore them because they were protesting the name, even thought I never heard them once bitch about it. Judging from seeing them what the Redskins on Monday Night Football they were pretty big fans. But then again, maybe they were originally from DC. Thinking about it now that must have been the reasons they were fans of the Redskins, they must have been from DC Yea that’s it!

  22. The Outstanding U.S. NATIONAL DEBT as of Mar 13 2014 is ……..


    And you are worried about the name of a football team? Pelosi are you kidding me?

    take that number down to zero and then I’ll listen to you if you want to talk about this.

  23. Born and raised on the “rez”. Never heard one word from my NDN friends regarding a racial slur… folks with no “skin in the game” (pardon the pun) seem to be the only ones offended…Pelosi is a blithering idiot.

  24. “If any of these pundits would take a moment to educate themselves on the history of the term, the history of the team etc. they would keep their mouths shut.”

    Hells to the no. The term has been debated about enough. But you cant act as though a team that required government intervention before they got a black player has a history of tolerance and understanding.

    The term is a racist one, you cant tell me you would call a native american a redskin to his face or at least I hope you wouldn’t.

  25. I would much rather Pelosi concern herself with the Redskins than do any more damage to the country than the axis of evil(Pelosi-Reid-Obama) has already done.

  26. That saying when Hell freezes over is now

    The Redskins will change their name when
    Pelosi’s face Unfreezes!!!!

  27. While convincing in theory in reality it only applies to the name “Redskins”. They can’t take the trademarks away for the logo or colors. Have fun with those cheap, non-burgandy & gold shirts that say Redskins. Anything more the big bad NFL will still be up that a–.

    Change the name to “Warriors” or “Braves” or any ‘acceptable’ Indian name and call it a day.

  28. I wonder how many people bashing Pelosi for this position were in favor of the Republican congressional hearings on steroids in baseball?

  29. This part bugs me the most “that is one path that we can go” with her comments. Its not enough to hate the term Redskins, some of our elected officials are actually spending government time and resources trying to figure out how they can bully a business to change its name.

  30. If American Indians use the R word its a term of endearment. Just like the N word is when used by African Americans. Just ask Richard Sherman he will tell you.

  31. As usual, Pelosi’s idea of freedom of speech is just her own freedom, not yours.

  32. Pelosi = San Fran = 49ers = Slavery.
    Why honor a group of people that promoted slavery?

    Change the name!

    Promoting Indian slavery. Californians interpreted the 1850 law in such a way that all Indians, including children, faced indentured servitude through a simple procedure of arrest and “hiring out” through any local justice-of-the-peace. Once they were indentured, the term limitation was almost always ignored, thus resulting in slavery.

  33. If it doesn’t bother Native Americans, why are so many non Indians taking up a fight against Indian mascots in pro sports? It could be attributed to the misunderstanding of the real meaning of Redskin, or it could simply be moral guilt. This is our attempt to make amends for something we were never a part of and could not control. The compaign against the Native American by the United States was a dark part of our nation’s history. Perhaps this is the reason for today’s offense towards the use of Indian mascots.

  34. I didn’t look, but I bet that there are people hating on her for her political affiliation.

    If Native Americans hate the name nationally it’s okay to get rid of it.

  35. This is the same woman who said about the healthcare law, “We have to pass the bill before we can find out what’s in it”.


  36. im conflicted on this. on one hand i don’t really care because i don’t have a dog in the fight. on the other hand i think it would be really really really funny.

  37. Yet another political figure grandstanding on something they might have little to no idea on the entire issue. Stick to fixing the country!! As a Navy vet, I’m offended by the lack of support to the VA.

  38. The Outstanding U.S. NATIONAL DEBT as of Mar 13 2014 is ……..


    And you are worried about the name of a football team? Pelosi are you kidding me?

    take that number down to zero and then I’ll listen to you if you want to talk about this.

    The Federal Government was not in debt when Clinton ( and Pelosi ) were in charge. We had a surplus. Then the Republicans took over the Congress and the White House and we started two unfunded wars which sent us into debt, and Cheney said deficits don’t matter.

  39. Nancy Pelosi is 6 times richer now then when she first went to Washington DC, and she was very rich to begin with.

    She can’t even manage her job there in Washington, so why would she decide to get involved with this team name which has nothing to do with her home state?

    The answer is: The Democrats have decided to focus on Global Warming and anything else that will take our attention away from the massive failure that ObamaNoCare is. This move is just one them to try to influence the “dumb” voters.

    BTW, my 99 year old grandmother has to pay 55% more each day for her hospital stays and pay two more days more before Medicare covers the rest. AARP told the seniors ObamaNoCare would save them money, but you can’t cut a Billion from the Medicare budget and not hurt the poor seniors with no income or fixed income.

  40. Does she not realize she isn’t the first do suggest this? It’s been tried in every case vs the name in court. That’s what the hearings were for a decade take the trademark..Judge declared why now after over 70 years at the time and it was dismissed..TWICE!

  41. As a Skins fan and Republican I am all about them keeping their name now that this left coast waste is skin is against our name.

    She has not been in the spotlight in a while and is only using this to get another 15 mins……When will they vote her OUT

  42. Can we sell California back to Mexico? It would solve almost all our nation’s problems.

  43. Just want we need – the Federal government attacking private citizens and businesses.

  44. Yes, they should lose their trademark and the NFL should lose their non-profit, tax exempt status.

  45. Why California do you keep electing this Buffoon to office? This woman is a disgrace to all Americans. What’s scary is that she was third in line to become president at one time.

  46. the Redskin head should roll when the crypt keeper dome on her shoulders does…

    Pelosi is as valuable as that stupid look on Goodell’s face.

  47. The term ‘Redskin’ is used all the time…during football season…when Washington is playing.

    Which if you stop and think about it for a second more white people are called Redskins than Native Americans.

  48. “We all respect freedom of speech”…. Translation. As long as you don’t offend the democrat voting block, us elites, and of course our messiah and his icon of a wife.— please just limit your incompetence to your realm and leave our sanctuary from you bozos alone. Gees! Can’t we peons just enjoy our sports?

  49. The one thing the founders got wrong was not making it so only taxpayers could vote. In which case this louse wouldn’t be in any office. Oh and why does she always look like her head is out a moving cars window.

  50. Believe it or not, sports fans are the next major untapped political voting block. Why, because they have their TV’s / radios / IPads / mobile phones tuned into sports 24/7 and are so engrossed watching sports and playing fantasy sports that they don’t watch the news, follow politics or even bother to vote. I know, because I used to be one of them. I used to think that my vote didn’t count and didn’t matter because it didn’t matter who got elected. I thought I could live my life my way and the government was just a caretaker for the country. Now I know I was wrong. They are quickly trying to become our dictators. It is encouraging to see politics being discussed in a sports blog. I can only hope everyone wakes up before it is too late.

  51. what is conspicuous is that if, 1000 people think she should stay out of it and 5 think she should spend tax payers money adding to resolving this debate, then she clearly doesn’t care what the constituents say…

  52. and the american indian is vanquished in the name of them being offensive. I think most of what washington dc does is offensive and so much of it is to benefit a small majority (private interests represented by later groups of influential lobbyists. I am calling for them to lose their jobs they are VERY offensive. Children.

  53. Polls show that 90% of Native Americans don’t consider it offensive and there are reservation teams called the “Redskins.”

  54. Since none of you are going to walk by a group of Native Americans and yell “Hey Redskins!” the name is obviously offensive. It needs to be gotten rid of.

    I have no problem with Pelosi, but she’s become such a polarizing figure nationally that she should bow out of the conversation.

  55. I came for the out-of-touch white-Republican responses. I was not disappointed.

  56. Once the Native Americans start paying taxes on their casinos, their input shouldn’t matter. Maybe Danny boy can make a compromise and change the name only if they agree to pay taxes and contribute more to the country. And Nancy go back to watching murder she wrote!

  57. This is from a politician who said that we had to pass the healthcare bill so that we could find out what is in it. President Obama said the other day that all you 20-somethings have your priorities misplaced since you pay your cell and cable bills and yet neglect your legal obligation to purchase health insurance. It seems to me we are on the road to tyranny.

  58. Classic case of a dumb politician trying to manufacture a solution that would be a horrible precedent and probably have all sorts of unintended consequences. It’s an EXISTING trademark not a new request. And what happens when somebody gets offended by some other trademark? They’ll have to review them all? And who decides which ones get stripped of trademark rights? Pelosi? The courts?

  59. Nancy is a name beseeched only upon those who have turned their back to the Lord. I’m surprised she doesn’t name herself Redskins since she is bathed in the Red Light of the Devil himself. The Redskins name is not a derogatory name, it was given to the Redskins through a tablet that was found in the woods behind the first Church of Boston. #LearnYourHistory #HailNotHate #LordsTeam

  60. Congress should ban all non European, non Caucasian mascots in the NFL (and in college).

    Yep, make the NFL all White, all the time…

    Within zero seconds every minority would be screaming for parity.

  61. Phuk U Pelosi! When you start paying for your over priced private Air Force One to fly you and your free loader family to and form Cal then I might listen to anything you have to say about NFL football. Redskins, Yellowskins, Greenskins, who really cares?

  62. Unfortunately most of our politicians are a joke – Only it’s not so funny, because over the past several decades, all they’ve been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

  63. I suggest they drop the offensive name Washington Redskins and henceforth simply call them the “Redskins”

  64. Why don’t she worry about getting the NFL to start paying taxes first considering they are one of the biggest corporations in the US and theyre exempt from paying anything. That to me is a bigger issue.

  65. I’d be willing accept losing the Redskins name (which I don’t believe needs to be changed) , if nutjob Pelosi would step down and leave politics. This country would be better off for it (losing Pelosi, not losing the Skins name)

  66. Wouldn’t removing the trademark cause MORE usage of the supposedly offensive word? I imagine lots of entrepreneurs would love to be able to legally create knock-off Redskins merchandise. This move seems pretty counterproductive since the whole point of this is to get people to stop using the word Redskin.

    But I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that Nancy Pelosi wants to do something counterproductive.

  67. If you can find one…call a Native “Redskin” to their face. If they take it as a compliment, you’re good to go.

  68. I had to double check to be certain I hadn’t been redirected to a NASCAR site.

    Lots of folks here that are blind sheep.

    The ‘Skins represent the nation’s capitol. Red Skins? The city is largely an African-American and a bunch seasonal hacks at the Capitol. No Redskins.

  69. If you’re an American that should ring true to you and you should be embarrassed.

    Regardless of what the Free-Traitors keep trying to sell us, we can see what’s real. The American People need to just trust their own instincts, common sense and what they’ve seen actually going on all around them versus all of the nonsense that the Free-Traitors are still trying to sell us.

  70. I can think of a few things that I would consider Racial slurs when it comes to Indians. I am a Cherokee Indian. The name Redskin is not offensive to me at all. It has been their name as long as I can remember. I think this “minority” crazy woman has to much time on her hands. Do something useful with your time! Isn’t there anything else more important to deal with in the world today?

  71. “They can keep their name on the team, but when it comes to all the stuff — that’s serious money. So I think that is one path that we can go.”

    Who’s WE?!

    As in you and a handful of nut jobs with nothing better to do then worry about how you look as a supposed human being in the public eye?!

    Yes, there are a lot of nitwits that will fall for your wolf in sheep clothing song and dance but many rational common sense thinkers will see right through your dog and pony show.

    It’s BECAUSE of people like her that we are in the mess we are in!


  72. Pelosi also didn’t seem to care about the NSA, FBI, or CIA spying on the average American citizen and Snowden is being portrayed as a traitor for pulling back the curtain on some of the practices.

    Pelosi only cared when those offices might have been spying on her, and she pulled back the curtain on the floor of the Senate. Now she’s a hero?

    What would be an appropriate PC name for the team that everybody wouldn’t get offended by? The Blanks? The logo would just be a grey square with nothing in it.

    What about the Kansas City Chiefs? The Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians?

  73. Pelosi is the archetype upon which the worst of modern womanhood has been modeled: narcissistic, shallow, and, despite her vast wealth and high social position, bumptious. As well, she shares, with our current President, that same pseudo-intellectual self-regard.

  74. Nancy, how about balancing the freaking budget!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THAT is an INSULT. Every American has to live by one, oh, but not you guys on capital hill by God.

  75. “You have to vote for the Bill to find out what’s in it.”

    We’re supposed to follow her with that kind of guidance?

    If we’re going to change one name for some reason that it may very well indeed offend some people (and I am sorry to those it does offend and I am not discounting your side of the argument) then we have to change all of them:

    The “Raiders”: A “raider” is a criminal. Can’t have that now can we?

    The Buccaneers: Essentially a pirate, pirates rob and kill. Can’t have that.

    The Browns: While it is named after Paul Brown, some people might not know that in the near future and think it is actually a derogatory term. Pre-emptive strike.

    The Chiefs: Is anybody on that team an actual indian chief?

    The Cowboys: Well if we’re going back to Indian days, the Cowboys hunted, killed, and scalped Indians. Can’t have one and not the other, right? All about Equality.

    The Bills: Did they get the approval of every person named Bill or William? I don’t think so. Class action lawsuit coming up.

    The Fighting Irish: Really? Do I need to explain that one?

    I mean, I could go on forever with college team names and other professional sports teams. I am sure we could find one person somewhere that is somehow offended by the name of any team out there.

  76. “Nancy Pelosi says Redskins should lose their trademark”

    Oh, well as Nancy Pe-lousy says so, then that’s the thing to do. After all, she and her ilk are the purveyors of class and humanity.

  77. This isn’t a political issue. The Redskins have been around since 1932. Which at time they were the Boston Braves. In 1933 changed their name to the Redskins in HONOR of coach Lone Star Dietz, an American Sioux. So yes, there is good history behind the name. If Native America’s are really offended then WHY haven’t they spoken about it and WHY is the LIBERAL LEFT the ones doing the talking. It seems to that they are ones offended because of this so called politically speaking crap. I think before people run there mouths about a slur they need to know the history. Second issue if you think OBAMA is the best President then you must be smoking the same stuff he is smoking when it comes to jobs and every other issue. This man has made America look like we are a weak country. Has made young people rely on GOVERNMENT instead of trying to make something out of themselves but getting hand outs. I am citizen of this great Nation and I am tired of my taxes going to support people who are lazy and can work but get help. Also tried of heard people say that rich is getting richer. If you look at they pay for 50% of people who don’t pay taxes plus their own. If it wasn’t for the rich we wouldn’t have jobs. So I am glad the own of my company is rich and making money. Has long as he is making money I have a job. BE thankful. Get this MONKEY out of OFFICE.

  78. What next..will Dems and the atheist go after “Saints” since the team plays in a stadium partially funded by tax payers? Or will they want the Cowboys to be renamed Cowpeople as to be gender neutral?

  79. There’s nothing i despise more than a politician.

    It doesn’t matter whether they are democrat or republican. They are all the scurge of our country. Especially Pelosi.

    Reading these comments, I can see I’m not alone in my views. I was very entertained.

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