The Washington Redskins name has been the cause of a lot of attention this offseason. Dan Snyder has remained adamant that the Redskins will never change their name, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has defended him. Former Washington quarterback Joe Theismann has defended the Redskins name as well.
But not all former Redskins agree. Hall of Famers Ark Monk and Darrell Green have told WTOP radio that they think consideration of a new name is appropriate.
“[If] Native Americans feel like Redskins or the Chiefs or [another] name is offensive to them, then who are we to say to them ‘No, it’s not’?” Monk says.
Monk also said a new name for the Redskins should be “seriously considered.”
“It deserves and warrants conversation because somebody is saying, ‘Hey, this offends me,’” said Green.
Congress has sent Dan Snyder and the Redskins a letter strongly urging him to change the team name, Snyder has remained defiant and said he won’t consider changing it. Green fears that by not changing it, Snyder is inviting court battles and legal disagreements as public outrage grows.
“Unfortunately in this country, conversations mean legal, dollars, suits,” Green says.
No current players have come out and said anything about the Redskins name.