U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid called on the NFL on Wednesday to follow the NBA's lead and crack down on racism by forcing the Washington Redskins to change a name considered racially offensive by many. A day after the National Basketball Association imposed a lifetime ban on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for bigoted remarks, Reid called on the NFL to make Redskins owner Daniel Snyder relent to decades of criticism and come up with a new team moniker.
The Washington Redskins name is a racist relic that has no place in today's multi-cultural NFL and must be changed, the leader of the US Senate said Wednesday. The American football team in the US capital has faced a backlash for decades, particularly from Native American groups that see the name as a racial slur, but the prickly issue of racism in US sports is back in the spotlight after the NBA banned the Los Angeles Clippers owner. Weighing in with the most forceful case against the Redskins name in years, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said the NFL should take a leaf out of the National Basketball Association (NBA) playbook and confront racism head on.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it's time for the NFL's Washington Redskins to change their name, linking the issue to racist comments by a professional basketball team owner. In a Senate speech Wednesday, the Nevada Democrat said Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is hiding behind tradition in retaining his team's name, which critics call racially offensive. Reid said his state has 22 tribes and that the only tradition behind the Redskins' name was one of racism. Reid congratulated the NBA for banning Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling for life.
Robert Griffin III was a healthy scratch in the Washington Redskins' final three games last season. But from RGIII's point of view, he wasn't benched by Mike Shanahan; the QB was sent into the offseason.
The Washington Redskins won't go overboard having Robert Griffin III run the read option. Jay Gruden said for the good of the quarterback and the team, the offensive package will be used intermittently.