The NBA’s decision to ban Los Angeles Clipper’s owner Donald Sterling for racist remarks is renewing focus on the controversy surrounding Washington's football team's name.
The ongoing debate over whether the Washington Redskins should change its team name — which some consider to be offensive to Native Americans — is heating up following NBA commissioner Adam Silver's decision to ban Sterling for life.
Senator Harry Reid of Nevada took to the Senate floor yesterday, calling on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to take action.
“Remove this hateful term from your league’s vocabulary. Follow the NBA’s example and rid the league of bigotry and racism. Your fans will support it," he said.
D.C.’s delegate to Capitol Hill, Eleanor Holmes Norton, echoed similar remarks. She says Goodell must not, in her words, “be seen kicking and screaming to rid the league of a team name that carries racist and demeaning connotations from a bygone era.”
Earlier this year, Goodell told reporters that while he knows many disagree with the name, he feels its honorable to Native Americans. The owner of Washington’s football team, Dan Snyder, has said he will never change the name.