Eric Holder says Redskins should change their name


(Nick Wass / AP)

People keep asking important politicians questions about the Redskins name, and important politicians keep answering the questions. The latest came Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” when Attorney General Eric Holder — a longtime Washington resident — was asked about the name.

“You’re a Washingtonian,” Pierre Thomas said. “I don’t know if you’re a Redskins fan or not. Should that name be changed, and do you find it offensive?”

“Well, I’m going to speak very personally now,” Holder responded. “I think the name ought to be changed. I think it is an offensive name. And the Redskins, that organization is a great one. It’s a team with a storied history that has huge amounts of support in Washington, D.C. And I think in the 21st century they could increase their fan base, increase their level of support, if they did something that is, from my perspective that, so obviously right.”

Many Redskins fans, of course, would argue that the team would do quite the opposite by changing its name.

Meanwhile, Richard Sherman — who in May said he hoped the Donald Sterling incident would prompt more discussion about the Redskins name — was asked point blank by Sports Illustrated whether he would attempt to force a name change were he NFL commissioner.

“I think I’d leave it up to the people,” Sherman said. “I don’t think I’d leave it as is. You know, we’ve come so far and progressed so far in society that leaving a name like that is kind of one stagnant piece in an otherwise progressive society. But that is what it is.”

I don’t exactly understand whether he would force a name change, but that is what it is.

(Tortured editor’s note: I know some of you don’t consider it newsworthy when the attorney general of the country talks about the most popular local sports franchise on a national network. I disagree.)

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