After years of debate over whether or not the Washington Redskins name and team logo was appropriate for their use, it appears DC legislation has finally taken decisive action against them.
The NFL’s Redskins are now barred from moving into a new stadium, which they’re apparently looking to do sometime in the next couple seasons, until a name change is made, according to DC officials.
“I call on Dan Snyder once again to face that reality, since he does still desperately want to be in the nation’s capital,” D.C.’s nonvoting House Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton said. “He has got a problem he can’t get around — and he particularly can’t get around it today, after the George Floyd killing.”
D.C. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio backed up his statement.
“There is no viable path, locally or federally, for the Washington football team to return to Washington, D.C., without first changing the team name,” he said.
This comes despite the fact that various native Americans have said it isn’t offensive, or some may have even said its honorable. At the end of the day though, it’s a matter of someone’s subjective perspective on it, and it is a bit of a PR “stumbling block” so to speak.
Regardless of whether it’s right or not, in a sense it’s obviously easier to just remove it and change it to something more neutral or less controversial, no matter what the consensus is.
As long as Dan Snyder is the owner, i’m not sure i would expect competency from this franchise. However, this is an issue he can’t sidestep forever.