The Washington Redskins nickname has been a topic of controversy over the past few years because of the offensive nature that is attached to the name’s history. The latest person to speak out against the Redskins name is House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who says the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should not protect the controversial Redskins name because it is a slur.
“We all respect freedom of speech, but the trademark office has rejected names which are considered offensive and they should do it now,” Pelosi told the National Congress of American Indians, via the Huffington Post. “They can keep their name on the team, but when it comes to all the stuff — that’s serious money. So I think that is one path that we can go.”
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder does not have any plans to change the team’s nickname despite a public outcry, but losing the trademark on the Redskins name could put a hurting on Snyder’s bank account and force him to change his tune.