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Lewis Black says the Redskins should change their name


Comedian Lewis Black, a “Daily Show” regular, spoke at a National Press Club luncheon Monday. During the Q&A session that followed, National Press Club President Myron Belkind asked Black whether the Redskins should change their name.

“Uh, yeah. Yeah, I think they should,” said Black, a Silver Spring native.

“What’s interesting, you’re born and raised here, and I’ve been a Redskins fan all my life, and so it’s not got any connotation to me at all,” Black continued. “It really means nothing to me. It’s just the name. You know, and I see it on the helmet, it’s just been there for so long. But, in terms of the reality of things, everybody in the room knows that if it was the Washington Jewy Jews, people would say, ‘Well, I think maybe, we’re gonna have to change that.’

“And the other thing is, I don’t like what Dan Snyder has done with the team, on any level whatsoever, and it’s one of the most irritating years that I have watched in sports. Watching year after year after year, ‘Oh, let’s pay $100 million for somebody who’s just gonna lie down on the bench for three hours. Let’s get Steven Spurrier — are you kidding? If I know Steven Spurrier’s not going to be a good pro football coach, what the hell do you have for brains?”

It was at this point that I checked to make sure the video I was transcribing was from Monday, and not April 14, 2007.

“It was one thing after another, and then Daniel Snyder said he was going to keep the Redskin name,” Black said. “And since that’s what he wants, I’m dead set against it.”

Here’s the video. Fast forward to 44 minutes, 50 seconds for the Redskins stuff.

Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.
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