Reporter: Why do you think the name should be changed?Bowser: It’s offensive to many people.Reporter: Then why do you continue to use it?Bowser: I don’t.Reporter: You just didBowser: I may have slipped and used it.
Bowser had previously been asked if changing the team’s name would be a condition for the team potentially returning to the District. Her response included the name of the team.
“Well, I did say that I thought that RFK was the best place for the Washington Redskins to locate, and I think that team officials have said as much,” she said. “They have, in fact, tried to replicate RFK Stadium in their designs for a future stadium, including how the seats bounce. We also know that the infrastructure is there and can accommodate fans. So we are exploring — as I expect everybody thinks I would — the best use for those parcels.
“Our soccer team is going to be leaving that stadium, and we’re going to have a big empty stadium in a couple of years,” Bowser went on. “Events DC has, for the last I think at least year, been evaluating scenarios for the use of those parcels. And as a Council member, I think you know I signed onto a resolution and I agree with so many people who think that the time has come to evaluate the name.”
But would changing the name be a condition for having the team return to Washington?
“I think having a discussion about the team returning to Washington is the first thing that I want to do as it relates to that issue,” she said.
And have there actually been talks between city officials and the team? More dialogue:
Bowser: We’ve reached out to the team.Reporter: Did they respond?Bowser: Yes.Reporter: And so has there been a meeting?Bowser: We’ve reached out to the team. That’s as far as it’s gone.