Obama wades into NFL’s Redskins controversy

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October 5, 2013

WASHINGTON — President Obama says that if he owned the Washington Redskins, he would “think about changing” the team name, wading into the controversy over a football nickname that many people deem offensive to Native Americans.

Obama, in an interview with The Associated Press, said team names like the Redskins offend “a sizable group of people.” He said that while fans get attached to the nicknames, nostalgia may not be a good enough reason to keep them in place.

“I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things,” he said in the interview, which was conducted Friday.

An avid sports fan, Obama said he doesn’t think Washington football fans are purposely trying to offend American Indians. “I don’t want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here. They love their team and rightly so,” he said.

But the president appeared to come down on the side of those who have sharply criticized the football team’s name, noting that Indians “feel pretty strongly” about mascots and team names that depict negative stereotypes about their heritage.

7 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • ChristCrusader says:

    Afterall, what’s a name to 0bama? He’s changed his often enough, and Dad’s, and countries…

  • gavinwca says:

    None of his business. he will not be satisfied until every tradition in America is destroyed. They have been the Redskins for 80 years now all of a sudden the name is offensive. Bull crap.

  • George Montalbano says:

    he can`t run a country, so he should mind his damn business. Football don`t need your help. Fix the damn country A$$hole.

  • Tom Leist says:

    IF THIS IDIOT DOESN’T HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO THAN WORRY ABOUT CHANGING A SPORTS FRANCHISE NAME, HE BETTER RESIGN.

  • defiant1 says:

    This is none of the dictators business. He doesn’t own the Redskins! Bow out you jacka$$. At what point will he use the race card on this one?

  • Art Hock says:

    Obama puts his nose in everything and causes controversy where there was none Ignorance is a personal trait for liberals

  • Ray Marine says:

    Native Americans are not complaining, it is the LIBERAL’s who are demanding this name change. Look Up The Fact’s.

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