WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Lavar and Dukes were privileged to be joined by esteemed D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray on Tuesday, so naturally they addressed the name of the Washington Redskins and what it would take to move the team back within city limits.
Well, he didn’t exactly talk about changing the name. In a roundabout way he sort of did, if you read between the lines.
“It would be great to get our football team back in the District of Columbia. That’s where they belong. They’re the Washington team and they should be in our city,” Gray said on 106.7 The Fan.
While he noticeably wouldn’t acknowledge the team as the Redskins, one can deduce he remains staunch in his position that a move back to Washington would be contingent on the team changing its name.
Gray did confirm the prime location remains the current site of the Redskins’ old home.
“And of course, we’ve got the site of RFK Stadium still out there,” Gray said. “That stadium is historic. It’s over 50 years old. But it really doesn’t have the qualities for a 21st century sports team. So I’d love to see the stadium torn down and rebuild it. We’d just build a new stadium right there.”
And in further regards to moving the team, the mayor also had a few words for his counterpart across state lines in Maryland.
“Bring our football team home where they belong,” Gray said. “They belong in the city. They never should have left. With all due respect to my good friend [County Executive] Rushern Baker, we’d love to see that team leave Prince George’s County and come back to our city.”
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