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Thu May 22, 2014

Senators Call For Redskins Name Change

Originally published on Thu May 22, 2014 3:54 pm

National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell released a letter today, sent to him by 50 U.S. senators, calling for a name change of the Washington Redskins.

The letter calls on the NFL to follow the lead of the NBA, which recently banned Donald Sterling from the league for life for making racist comments he made that were caught on tape.

Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Redskins, has said he won’t change the name, which he says is meant as a tribute to the courage of Native Americans.

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JEREMY HOBSON, HOST:

Meantime, National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell released a letter today sent to him by 50 U.S. senators calling for a name change for the Washington Redskins. The letter calls on the NFL to follow the lead of the NBA, which recently banned Donald Sterling from the league for life for those racist comments he made that were caught on tape.

Senator Harry Reid recently addressed the issue on the Senate floor.

SENATOR HARRY REID: All over America, especially in the western part of the United States but not only in the western part of the United States, we have large numbers of Native Americans. It is untoward of Daniel Snyder to try and hide behind tradition. What tradition? A tradition of racism is all that name leaves in its wake.

HOBSON: Daniel Snyder is the owner of the Redskins. He said he won't change the name, which he says is meant as a tribute to the courage of Native Americans. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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