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“We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”

posted at 3:12 pm on May 10, 2013 by

Congress and DC both taking a stab at getting the change to happen? Daniel Synder don’t care:

Daniel Snyder is owner of the Washington pro football team he grew up adoring. Would he ever consider changing the team name that many American Indians and others believe is a racial slur?

“We will never change the name of the team,” Snyder told USA TODAY Sports this week. “As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it’s all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season.”

What if his football team loses an ongoing federal trademark lawsuit? Would he consider changing it then?

“We’ll never change the name,” he said. “It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”

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Why can’t people in this day and age be proud of their heritage? Elizabeth Warren certainly is.

John the Libertarian on May 10, 2013 at 3:36 PM

TRU-FAX: the first ever football helmet (replica) that Yonder Youngling Jeddite had was a Washington Redskins helmet.

(might still have it, in a box in a basement.)

Jeddite on May 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM

Good for Dan Snyder.

At least we know there’s ONE person in DC that has some gonads!

jersey taxpayer on May 10, 2013 at 3:54 PM

I think they should change the name to “Toughskins” and do a joint marketing venture with Sears.

Mr. D on May 10, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Daniel Snyder is owner of the Washington pro football team he grew up adoring.

Funny that, USA Today can’t even bring itself to report with the team name. Hey, USA Today, it’s OK to call them the Washington Redskins. When you report with facts it makes you look less like d@#$fools and partisans

AZfederalist on May 10, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Funny that, USA Today can’t even bring itself to report with the team name. Hey, USA Today, it’s OK to call them the Washington Redskins. When you report with facts it makes you look less like d@#$fools and partisans

AZfederalist on May 10, 2013 at 4:49 PM

Actually, they did.

If you click through to the article, the header says “Redskins” and the caption of the picture has “Washington Redskins” in the text.

unclesmrgol on May 10, 2013 at 7:49 PM

…to argue that the Redskins should lose their federal trademark protection, based on a law that prohibits registered names that [are] disparaging, scandalous, contemptuous or disreputable.

That off the USAToday website explaining the trademark lawsuit. In the context of the Supreme Court having ruled that protected speech extends even that of Westboro Baptist Church, I don’t think “the Indians” (hmm) are going to win.

Perhaps they should file their suits in tribal courts. They might stand a better chance.

unclesmrgol on May 10, 2013 at 7:55 PM

unclesmrgol on May 10, 2013 at 7:49 PM

Ah, didn’t click through, was just going with the quoted part. Thanks.

/snark retracted

AZfederalist on May 10, 2013 at 7:57 PM

So when can we in ND have back the Fighting Sioux?
The indians on the rez never really got a vote on that.
I know many indians. They think this sort of thing is moronic.’They have no problem with names like this. They’re proud of it.
The only indians that do have a problem with $hit like this are the ones with political hay to make.
They are nothing but liberal wh0res.

Badger40 on May 10, 2013 at 8:49 PM

@Badger40:

You should be able to have your name back; you never should’ve lost it.

It’s ridiculous that schools like Florida State get a “pass” and North Dakota gets whacked. And, no, it’s not because the Seminole Tribe said “OK” – that’s the fig leaf the NCAA is hiding behind. FSU didn’t have to change because it’s “too big” in football to have to deal with such silliness.

Same way the Atlanta Braves are “too big” to have to change their nickname.

BD57 on May 10, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Same way the Atlanta Braves are “too big” to have to change their nickname.

BD57 on May 10, 2013 at 9:41 PM

Doesn’t Ted Turner have a stake in the Braves? Or did he at one time?

gryphon202 on May 10, 2013 at 10:52 PM

There are 20 other teams that should change their names, at least according to today’s conventional wisdom.

TheLoudTalker on May 11, 2013 at 1:03 AM

“You can use caps.”

Caps is another Washington team.

bmmg39 on May 11, 2013 at 1:38 AM

In a way I hope they lose their lawsuit just so Snyder can change the name to Washington DC Crooked Politicians.

I’d have said something even better, but it wouldn’t be able to pass the PC speech filter.

njrob on May 11, 2013 at 8:44 AM

I’m happy for Dan Snyder. And happier that Cowboys vs. Redskins won’t become Cowboys vs. Thinskins.

But I still hate the Redskins.

Chris of Rights on May 12, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Don’t worry in a few years football will be so sissified it will have to be called something else.

nazo311 on May 12, 2013 at 5:25 PM

Is the name San Francisco 49′ers insulting to miners? Case closed.

kemojr on May 13, 2013 at 8:32 AM