Former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs doesn't have a problem with the team's nickname. The 73-year-old NASCAR team owner and Pro Football Hall of Famer spoke about the controversy surrounding the Redskins' name before the start of the Quaker State 400 on Saturday at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, Ky. He views the name differently that those who consider it offensive or racist. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder faces increasing pressure from some groups to change the nickname. "We have a song, 'Hail To The Redskins.' And so everything -- everything -- about that name has been positive for me in my past."
Count former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs among those who has no problem with the team's name. The NFL team that Gibbs led to three Super Bowl titles in the first of two stints as coach has been heavily criticized for its nickname that's viewed as derogatory toward Native Americans. A group of U.S. senators and President Barack Obama have suggested it should be changed, which team owner Daniel Snyder vehemently refuses. Asked about the controversy before the NASCAR race Saturday at Kentucky Speedway, the Hall of Fame coach and racing team owner defended the Redskins name.
Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson told ESPN The Magazine that he has never been in a gang and that his hand gestures that have been interpreted as gang signs are dedicated to his childhood friends. All my friends wanted to be in the NFL growing up, but they weren't able to do that and I was. Jackson, 27, signed with the Redskins in early April, less than a week after he was released by the Philadelphia Eagles. NJ.com had reported that the Eagles were concerned about Jackson's alleged gang ties.
Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson told ESPN The Magazine that he has never been in a gang and that his hand gestures that have been interpreted as gang signs are dedicated to his childhood friends. Shakir was acquitted in 2013.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson said the defending Super Bowl champions are in much better shape than they were a year ago with camp still a month away. "Right now, I definitely believe we're way further ahead," Wilson said, according to ESPN.com. The Seahawks changed some things at receiver with Golden Tate gone, Percy Harvin healthy and new additions with rookies Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood. ---Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings said he wants to be the man to reverse the trend of the running back position being devalued throughout the NFL.