Redskins owner: team name is ‘a badge of honor’
Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder addressed the ongoing dispute over the team’s nickname in a letter to season-ticket holders on Wednesday, clarifying that the name isn’t a label but a “badge of honor.”
Although Snyder did not offer any type of formal apology, he did say that he has listened carefully to perspectives on all sides and respects the feelings of those who are offended. Instead, he suggested that the team’s name change from “Braves” to “Redskins” in 1933 was to honor the Native American head coach and four other Native American players at the time.
The letter to fans came a few days after President Obama offered his remarks on the issue during an interview with the Associated Press on Saturday. He said, “If I were the owner of the team and I knew that the name of my team, even if they’ve had a storied history, that was offending a sizable group of people, I’d think about changing it.”
The challenge to the NFL team’s name has been ongoing since the 90s but has gained more renewed attention in recent years as media organizations have started banning the use of the Redskins name, including USA Today, Sports Illustrated, Slate, DCist, and Mother Jones, etc.