Washington Redskins Rumors
With the Nationals playing an elimination game in San Francisco and the Redskins hosting the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks at FedEx Field in primetime, Monday was a big day for D.C. sports fans. Which means it was a big day for Oklahoma City Thunder star and Prince George’s County native Kevin Durant. Durant, whose Natitude is well established with a curly ‘W’ tattoo on his stomach and a custom Nationals jersey, watched the Redskins’ loss to Seattle in a burgundy and gold No. 35 jersey with his name printed on the back. He also wore a Redskins ski cap.
Phil Jackson: But Redskins is a derogatory name. Braves isn’t, that’s not a derogatory name. But the Redskins is. It’s like calling someone Blackskins or Whitey, or whatever. So this has been an issue for some time with me and I haven’t worn it on my sleeve. The resistance that football has about it is kind of strange in some ways. It’s all being brought out to a greater degree now that the NFL’s not looked upon as they’re running the show, or they’ve got all the answers or whatever. I think it’s gonna bring negative impact towards this Washington team, and I can’t understand why you want to have a negative feeling towards your team. You want to have positive things about your team.
Let the NBA’s sudden crisis send a message to Dan Snyder and the NFL: That issue involving the Washington “Redskins” could blow up in your face, too. The NBA, led by Commissioner Adam Silver, took a bold step by essentially issuing the ownership death penalty as a response to the audio exposure of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. The league sent the message it will not tolerate racial venom. Well done. Maybe this inglorious episode will resonate in the NFL, which also has an owner in its midst with the initials D.S., engaging in another form of race-hating. It is 2014, yet the team name for the NFL franchise representing our nation’s capitol — “Redskins” — is a racial slur.