The NFL is honoring military veterans during the month of November. The Washington Redskins honored some veterans on Monday Night Football but found a way to honor Native Americans at the same time. They honored the the Navajo Code Breakers of World War II.
During a commercial break, a video tribute was shown on video boards around the stadium but it wasn’t shown on ESPN. After the video tribute there were four Navajo veterans standing on the field decked out in Redskins jackets.
The whole thing seemed forced and awkward. It seems purely PR motivated given the current controversy the Redskins organization finds themselves in. They found some Native American veterans who deserve to be honored, but it seems like they were trying to force a “see, they’re okay with it” message on everyone on prime time.
The video shows President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush talking about the Navajo Code talkers. It then shows one of the veterans saying “Hail to the Redskins! Go Redskins, let’s do it.”
You can hear the MNF announcers talking about the controversy as they show the Code Talkers standing on the field.