Washington Redskins Attorney Responds to Obama on Name Change

SAINT PETERSBURG - SEPTEMBER 05:  In this handout image provided by Host Photo Agency, U.S. President Barack Obama attends the first working meeting of the G20 summit on September 5, 2013 in St. Petersburg, Russia.  The G20 summit is expected to be dominated by the issue of military action in Syria while issues surrounding the global economy, including tax avoidance by multinationals, will also be discussed duing the two-day summit.  (Photo by Ramil Sitdikov/Host Photo Agency via Getty Images)

Washington Redskins Attorney Responds to Obama on Name Change

The Washington Redskins' attorney has responded to President Obama's suggestion that the team change its name.

Published October 7, 2013

The attorney for the Washington Redskins has responded to President Obama's suggestion that the team change its name, continuing a decade-long argument over whether they should keep their 80-year-old title. 

"We at the Redskins respect everyone. But like devoted fans of the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Blackhawks (from President Obama's hometown), we love our team and its name and, like those fans, we do not intend to disparage or disrespect a racial or ethnic group," the statement reads. 

The team has defended their choice to keep the name by citing a poll showing that the Redskins title is not really offensive to Native Americans. 

"The president made these comments to the Associated Press, but he was apparently unaware that an April 2013 AP poll showed that eight out of ten of all Americans in a national sample don't think the Washington Redskins name should be changed."

BET Sports News — Get the latest news and information about African-Americans in sports including weekly recaps, celebrity news and photos of your favorite Black athletes. Click here to subscribe to our newsletter. 

(Photo: Ramil Sitdikov/Host Photo Agency via Getty Images)

Written by Natelege Whaley

COMMENTS

Latest in news

HIP HOP AWARDS + HUSTLE IN BROOKLYN

TUESDAY, OCT. 16 8/7C

EPIC NIGHT OF PREMIERES

AIRS
0

days

00HRS
00MIN
00SEC