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Cris Collinsworth: ‘Redskins’ no longer works

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Almost made it to the end of the day without a post on this topic. Came so close.

NBC Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth — who helped call last Sunday’s Redskins-Cowboys game — weighed in on the topic of the moment during this week’s episode of Showtime’s Inside the NFL. This transcript comes from Showtime.

“I believe in Daniel Snyder,” Collinsworth said. “I believe in his great passion for the Washington Redskins. I admire the fact that he wants to defend the legacy of this fantastic franchise that has won so many championships over the course of years. But I have to admit, as I was watching the game Sunday night and I was saying the word Redskins, in my brain it was coming out red skin. And there was something about that that just didn’t feel right.

“I have a feeling if it were the blackskins, the brownskins, the name would have already been changed,” Collinsworth said. “And I think that despite the fact that they were trying to honor Native Americans. I really do believe that. You don’t name something after something derogatory. You wouldn’t name your child something derogatory. You wouldn’t name your team something derogatory. So at one time it was meant to honor the great history of Native Americans. And in this day and age, Redskins just doesn’t work. And I think Daniel Snyder, the good man that he is, will eventually see what is best for the Washington Redskins is for him to lead a name change. And I hope he does.”

In other news, Native American lawyer and writer Gyasi Ross has a pretty interesting and thorough take on the issue over at Deadspin.

Also, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo grilled Peter King over his stance on the issue during his SiriusXM show.

Also, Robert Griffin III brought up the topic unprompted during his weekly press conference.

“With all the scrutiny going on with our team, as far as the name, my knee injury, the way we started this season, all that stuff can pile up,” he said on Wednesday. “The good thing about the locker room is that we do have a strong locker room. Coach says it all the time — we have too much character on this team to fold.”

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



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