Daniel Snyder: ‘A Redskin is a football player. A Redskin is our fans.’

(ESPN/Producer Arty Berko)
(Photo courtesy ESPN/Producer Arty Berko)

After talking to ESPN 980 for 25 minutes on Monday — with much of the conversation focused on his team’s name — Redskins owner Daniel Snyder met with ESPN reporter John Barr on Tuesday about the same topic. Tanya Snyder, the owner’s wife, also was part of the interview; parts of that conversation will air on “SportsCenter,” “NFL Live” and ESPN.com on Tuesday, with a longer version being used as part of an “Outside the Lines” special on Sept. 2 at 8 p.m.

“What is a Redskin?” Barr asked Snyder in the part of the interview that’s been released.

“A Redskin is a football player,” Snyder said. “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?” Barr asked.

“It’s what the name actually means,” Snyder said. “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 went on. “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.”

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