Over the last few years the Washington Redskins nickname has come under much scrutiny. In fact, a Native American group aired an anti-redskins ad during game three of the NBA Finals on Thursday night. Yet, despite the controversy Washington owner Dan Synder had stayed the course with the nickname.
On Thursday he got an unlikely alley of sorts in the form of NBC Sunday Night Football play-by-play announcer Al Michaels, who called the entire controversy “nuts.” His reasoning for calling it “nuts?” The fact that it has become a political issue for people in congress to get involved with.
According to Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post, Michaels told the Jim Rome show the following:
“I mean all of the sudden — I mean, for 70-some odd years this was a zero issue, and then it became an issue. I understand we live in this politically correct environment. It’s crazier than ever; you know, senators want to weigh in on this, like there’s nothing better to do in Congress. This becomes a big issue. I mean, I just think it’s nuts.”
Not only did Michaels decry the controversy, but he also pointed out that Snyder is as steadfast in keeping his nickname as we all thought. To quote Michaels, “he basically said ‘over my dead body.’ That’s about as concrete a stance as one can take in this matter.
Should the NFL feel the pressure to change the Redskins’ nickname, it will be interesting to see just how big of a fight Snyder is willing to put up.