There has been plenty of discussion about the controversial Washington Redskins nickname over the past few years and the latest person to weigh in on the issue has a history of fixing issues — well, at least on television.
Breaking Bad star Jonathan Banks, who played Mike Ehrmantraut (more commonly known as just “Mike”) on the show, recently shared his thoughts on why the team should change their name.
For the record, Banks is a Washington D.C. native, so the issue hits close to home.
“Washington, D.C. That would be a great sports rival of Philadelphia,” Banks told Paul F. Tompkins of SpeakEasy. “[I'm] a Washington Redskins fan, but you know, we gotta change the name, dude. Even if there are two American Indians out there that don’t want to be called Redskins. Just change the name. If somebody’s offended by it, then change it,” he continued. “It’s not that big a deal.”
Banks may just be right. The easy solution would be to just change the nickname if it offends even one person, but it is not that easy.
It will cost a lot of money to change the name and the fan base would like to hang on the history of their organization that is tied to the nickname. If we could all just accept that the Redskins is the name of a football team and there is nothing more to it. It’s only offensive if you choose to take it that way.