D.C. mayor Vincent Gray casually mentioned recently that he would like for the Washington Redskins to consider adopting a new name. Given the timing of that opinion and the way people generally hate change, as you would expect, the suggestion was met with a no-so-pleasant reaction from the masses.
The Redskins currently play their games in Maryland and have their offices in Virginia. In order for the team to move to D.C, Gray thinks that a new name is necessary.
“I think that if they get serious with the team coming back to Washington, there’s no doubt there’s going to have to be a discussion about that, and of course the team is going to have to work with us around that issue,” Gray said (via Pro Football Talk).
“I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would be love to be able to sit down with the team . . . and see if a change should be made.”
It’s worth noting that the term Redskins is in fact very offensive and would have probably already been changed if it weren’t such a pain to do so from a legal, business and P.R. standpoint. That being said, it’s very hard to see a scenario where either ownership or the general public agrees to budge on this issue.
Chances are, the Redskins are staying the Redskins for the foreseeable future.
(Kudos Pro Football Talk)