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A Washington Player Thinks NFL Refs Are Punishing Them Because of the Team’s Racist Name

A Washington Player Thinks NFL Refs Are Punishing Them Because of the Team’s Racist Name

Jason Hatcher thinks his squad is being unfairly singled out.

Published November 23, 2015

Oh, really?

Meet Jason Hatcher. He plays defensive end for the NFL franchise in Washington and he believes the team's controversial nickname is making them an unfair target of NFL referees this season. Yeah, we'll let him tell it.

"I'm not saying this out of character to get fined, but it is what it is," Hatcher told the Washington Post following Washington's 44-16 road loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday. "I don't know if it's about the name or what, but at the same time, we play football, too. We work our butt off, too. Don't single us out.

"At the end of the day, it's the name," he said continuing his locker room rant. "Don't worry about the name—we play and we work our butt off too. I'm just frustrated with it. We shouldn't have to be punished for that. It's been every game, calls after calls that should've been made in our favor, but it goes to them. It's just not right. We in the league, too. We're National Football players. We got a team, too. We go out there, and we sweat and work hard too. I don't give a crap about the name. We are players. We've got feelings too, and we want to win too."

The derogatory nickname has long been the source of controversy, but for a player to blame it on unfair referee calls is unchartered territory, even for a team that currently sports a 4-6 record.

In July, a federal judge ordered the cancellation of the trademark registrations for the team's nickname, but the franchise has kept using the name, as owner Daniel Snyder continues to stand by it.

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(Photo: Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Written by Mark Lelinwalla

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