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Sarah Palin backs MIke Ditka’s defense of the Redskins

(Patrick Semansky / AP)

The Redskins name rhetoric has gotten warmer and warmer in recent days, as a host of big names — Mike Ditka, Tony Dungy, Phil Simms — have waded into the debate.

Michael Irvin, too.

And don’t forget Sarah Palin. The former Alaska governor, onetime vice presidential candidate, author and conservative commentator came out firing on Ditka’s behalf on her Facebook page late last week.

This started because Rush Limbaugh suggested that Ditka might be suspended from ESPN for his comments. That led to this headline from Newsmax:

Rush Limbaugh: Ditka May Be Fired Over Redskins Remarks

And that led to this, from Palin.

Rush Limbaugh’s always on top of the pile. He’s ahead of issues, including this one where he gives a heads up that Coach Ditka may actually get fired for exercising America’s First Amendment:

Nothing should surprise us lately; but when the Politically Correct Police bust Ditka, they hope the silent majority will cower under leftist control. My goodness, Ditka merely spoke his mind. This accomplished and esteemed coach knows there are big issues to be addressed in America today; there’s no intent to offend by referring to a team by the name they’ve proudly worn since day one and chose with pride in our native ancestry and obviously had absolutely no intent to insult; and the liberal media’s made-up controversies divide our country. The government’s intent to force any owner of anything, in this case an NFL entity, to change a name is the antithesis of the American way of working through differences. Ditka said he actually likes the Washington Redskins, and he’s a man full of commonsense and admired patriotism. Still, I must disagree with Coach Ditka after reading his full statement:

Then Palin quoted Ditka. Then she added the kicker, a joke topped only by the Redskins Potato suggestion in originality and wit:

[Ditka] thinks the name should always be Washington Redskins, as a source of pride? Take the word “Washington” out and I’ll agree the team name is a great source of pride.

Got ’em.

More From The Post

Joe Gibbs: Name was always prideful

Al Michaels: Debate is nuts

Larry King and Terry Bradshaw: name should change

Champ Bailey: Daniel Snyder is making it worse than it should be

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



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Dan Steinberg · August 25, 2014