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U.S. senators send letters to Goodell
ESPN ^ | 5/22/14 | Darren Rovell

Posted on 05/22/2014 10:24:19 PM PDT by Impala64ssa

Letters signed by 50 U.S. senators urging the league to change the Washington Redskins name were sent on Thursday to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

The senators draw a parallel between the NBA's no-tolerance policy regarding the racist comments made by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling and asks the NFL to act similarly.

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has been steadfast in his stance that he will not change his team's nickname. "Today, we urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports," the senators write. "It's time for the NFL to endorse a name change for the Washington, D.C. football team.

"The despicable comments made by Mr. Sterling have opened up a national conversation about race relations. We believe this conversation is an opportunity for the NFL to take action to remove the racial slur from the name of one of its marquee franchises."

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has opposed the name change, and his team has launched its own public relations campaign issuing comments by Native Americans that continue to support the name.

The NFL has stood behind Snyder and issued its own response Thursday to the news of the senators' letter.

"We have not received the letter, but the NFL has long demonstrated a commitment to progressive leadership on issues of diversity and inclusion, both on and off the field," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in a statement. "The intent of the team's name has always been to present a strong, positive and respectful image. The team name is not used by the team or the NFL in any other context, though we respect those that view it differently."

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: District of Columbia
KEYWORDS: nfl; redskins
Video of Dingy Harry pomus, holier-than-thou ponificating at link. Interesting how Reid cited how the old Baltimore Bullets, soon after moving to DC changes their name to the WIZARDS, to disassociate themselves from any gun reference, as that put a dent in crime in DC. Anyone consider a possible association with Imperial Wizards? Years ago Dennis Paeger interviewed some "Native American" activist on this very subject. He asked Paeger how he woud like it if there were a team called the Texas Jewboys? Mr. Praeger responded by saying he would be overjoyed because finally after 5000 years someone would be cheering for us ;)
1 posted on 05/22/2014 10:24:19 PM PDT by Impala64ssa
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To: Impala64ssa

Dan Snyder is too much of a metrosexual wimp to do what a real man would do. Keep the name Redskins and reinstate the “Fight for Old Dixie!” lyric to “Hail to the Redskins”. That would really make the PC crowd head’s explode.


2 posted on 05/22/2014 10:30:08 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Impala64ssa
"The despicable comments made by Mr. Sterling..."

...made in PRIVATE.

3 posted on 05/22/2014 10:32:53 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Impala64ssa

And as a side note, the quaint little village of Nyack, NY is a rather “progressive”, diverse, inclusive, touchy-feely kind of town. They take great pride in being the first town in the Hudson Valley to elect an openly homosexual mayor, it’s much like a San Francisco-on-the-Hudson. But their high school football team is called the *gasp* INDIANS, and no one has yet called on the school to change the name.


4 posted on 05/22/2014 10:38:44 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Keep the name, change the mascot.

5 posted on 05/22/2014 10:48:52 PM PDT by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: Impala64ssa

“how he would like it if there were a team called the Texas Jewboys?”

I remember a band by that name: Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys


6 posted on 05/22/2014 11:34:42 PM PDT by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Impala64ssa

All the senators have to do....is make a law that says no Indian name be used....for that matter, even for state’s names as well. And we can end this entire mess once and for all.

But they won’t do that. So, it’s just a game...more or less.


7 posted on 05/22/2014 11:53:49 PM PDT by pepsionice
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To: edpc

Yes, my sentiment, too (nice logo, BTW). But of course, O’Bama and his sons would say it’s disrespectful of their Irish ancestors.


8 posted on 05/23/2014 1:41:27 AM PDT by twister881
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To: Impala64ssa

Both of our dimwit democrat senators in NM jumped on board with this. Like there’s nothing more important to worry about right now than the name of a sports team. I will be calling them in a few hours, not that they care.


9 posted on 05/23/2014 2:46:37 AM PDT by leapfrog0202 ("the American presidency is not supposed to be a journey of personal discovery" Sarah Palin)
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To: pepsionice

Let’s see - Delaware, Indiana, North and South Dakota, Michigan, Utah(Utes) and Ohio are in for name changes.


10 posted on 05/23/2014 4:56:36 AM PDT by NTHockey (Rules of engagement #1: Take no prisoners. And to the NSA trolls, FU)
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To: leapfrog0202

Where did you find the list? Di either of Maine’s senators sign it?


11 posted on 05/23/2014 5:13:16 AM PDT by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine

Don’t we have bigger problems in this country than to worry about changing the name of some stupid football team?

What a screwed up country we have become.


12 posted on 05/23/2014 5:29:42 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: Impala64ssa

I am so glad we have full employment, gas is back under $3.00 all of our returning veterans are receiving good health care, we started enforcing our on the book immigration laws and no Americans are dying at the hands of islamists anywhere in the world,
Gives us time to deal with really important things like celebrating a pervert football player being drafted and changing the Redskins name.


13 posted on 05/23/2014 6:49:37 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American - Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: Impala64ssa

Veterans are DYING, gas and food prices are SOARING, jobs are DISAPPEARING, respect for America overseas is DETERIORATING, but Democrats in the Senate are more concerned about the homosexual-obsessed NFL’s team names.

Priorities.


14 posted on 05/23/2014 7:18:53 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: Impala64ssa

This has nothing to do with the Redskins. It is about motivating the Dem base by pulling the race card. It is also a distraction from the very real scandals plaguing Obama. The MSM and talking heads will jump on this for all it is worth.


15 posted on 05/23/2014 7:23:13 AM PDT by kabar
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To: NTHockey

You forgot Oklahoma. The state’s name is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning “red people.”


16 posted on 05/23/2014 7:25:58 AM PDT by kabar
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To: DaveA37
"Don’t we have bigger problems in this country than to worry about changing the name of some stupid football team?

What a screwed up country we have become."

The US no longer deals with big problems, but instead deals with made up easy to deal with problems.

17 posted on 05/23/2014 7:52:17 AM PDT by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: Stormdog
Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys
Yes. I first heard of them long ago on Imus' show.
18 posted on 05/23/2014 8:46:45 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: leapfrog0202

So did Bill Nelson (Djimmocrat-FL), Moron, as if he did the Seminole tribes down here a big favor.


19 posted on 05/23/2014 9:00:11 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine

“Where did you find the list? Di either of Maine’s senators sign it?”

Angus King did send a letter, Susan Collins is a republican. Most articles note that 50 Dem senators sent letters. This one did not. Angus is an independent but caucuses with the dems.


20 posted on 05/23/2014 12:49:12 PM PDT by Steven Scharf
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To: Steven Scharf
"Susan Collins is a republican. "

No way, a rino maybe, but not a Republican.

21 posted on 05/23/2014 1:35:23 PM PDT by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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To: The_Republic_Of_Maine

they don’t even get those right either.


22 posted on 05/23/2014 4:01:23 PM PDT by DaveA37
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To: DaveA37

I am no longer confident that the US G0vt is capable of doing anything right.


23 posted on 05/23/2014 4:50:32 PM PDT by The_Republic_Of_Maine (Be kept informed on Maine's secession, sign up at freemaine@hushmail.com)
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