Sep 15, 2013; Green Bay, WI, USA; Kathleen Peters from the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin protests the use of the Washington Redskins mascot and logo at Lambeau Field before game against the Green Bay Packers. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Redskins increase bench security at home against Chargers


It looks like the controversy over the Washington Redskins’ name has caused at least one change, although it is not one protesters will like.

According to Sal Paolantonio of ESPN, the Redskins have increased security around the Redskins’ bench during this week’s home game at FedEx Field against the San Diego Chargers.

It is uncertain what the intent of the increased security actually is. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk believed that the move is to “silence legitimate protests,” rather than actually preventing actual security risks. This could certainly be true, especially since Washington owner Dan Snyder probably doesn’t see much difference between security risks and protests over the Redskins’ name.

While this increase of security may be intended to silence protests, it is unlikely that increasing security will help prevent potential protests on road games. For instance, there has already been protests over the use of the Redskins name at the Metrodome, where the Redskins will travel to play the Minnesota Vikings this Thursday. The Metrodome also happens to be the last place Washington won a Super Bowl.

Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Washington Redskins