Champ Bailey comes out against Redskins name


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Add Champ Bailey’s name to the list of former Redskins players who have raised concerns about the team’s name.

The star cornerback — traded to the Denver Broncos in 2004 after five season in Washington — this week joined London Fletcher, Jason Taylor, Tre Johnson, Art Monk and others in raising questions about the team name.

“I don’t know where the name came from or how it came about, but the bottom line is that it’s still here in this day and age, and it makes no sense to have it,” Bailey told USA Today. “I love that organization, but when it starts peeling off old scabs and people are pitching a fit about it because it’s degrading to them, then you’ve got to make a change.”

“I get it, [owner Daniel Snyder] doesn’t want to change it,” Bailey told the paper. “But he’s making it worse than it should be.”

Read the rest of Bailey’s remarks about the issue here.

Separately, reporters in Miami asked Shane Battier about the ad that would be airing during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night.

“If there are Native American tribes who find that term offensive, and they’ve voiced their expression of discontent for the name, I think there should be a move to change it,” Battier said. “If everyone in the Native American world looked at ‘Redskins’ as a sign of respect, I would be OK with it, but if it is a slanderous and hurtful term for people, it needs to be changed.”

Also new to me, one of the twins who became the first Native Americans to win college lacrosse’s prestigious Tewaaraton Award came out against the name. Via Lacrosse Magazine:

Miles [Thompson], for one, used to sleep in a bed adorned in a Washington Redskins blanket, but removed it after his older brother Jerome “enlightened me on what the real meaning of a ‘redskin’ is and how it affects our people. I am no longer a Redskins fan, but I still am a fan of RGIII,” Miles said. The purple-and-white Six Nations flag hangs in his window.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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