Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder continues to state his case as to why his team won’t be changing their name. On Tuesday he had an interview with ESPN where he claimed that a “Redskin” is a football player.
“A Redskin is a football player,” Snyder said, via the Washington Post‘s Sports Bog. “A Redskin is our fans. The Washington Redskin fan base represents honor, represents respect, represents pride. Hopefully winning. And it’s a positive. Taken out of context — you can take things out of context all over the place — but in this particular case, it is what it is. It’s very obvious.”
“For people who don’t know you and don’t understand where you’re coming from on this issue, what can you share with them that will help them understand what really motivates you as far as your position on the issue of the team name?”
It’s what the name actually means. I would like people to know the history. Whether it’s Lone Star Dietz, whether it’s Walter ‘Blackie’ Wetzel in Montana, it’s just historical truths. And I’d like them to understand — as I think most do — that the name really means honor, respect.
“We sing ‘Hail to the Redskins.’ We don’t say ‘hurt anybody’,” Snyder continued. “We sing ‘Hail to the Redskins, braves on the warpath, fight for old D.C.’ We only sing it when we score touchdowns. That’s the problem, because last season we didn’t sing it quite enough, as we would have liked to.”
I really don’t understand why Snyder is so against the name change. That’s more merchandise sales to replace old gear. A new flip on retro stuff, more money. AND it makes a group of people feel at peace.