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Redskins Owner Dan Snyder on Name Debate: ‘We’ll Never Change the Name’

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Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder. (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder. (Credit: Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – “We’ll never change the name. It’s simple. NEVER.”

That’s what Redskins owner Daniel Snyder told USA Today Sports Thursday, with the added caveat, “you can use caps.”

Snyder putting his foot down, so to speak, may be what it takes to bring some finality to a debate that’s raged on all offseason over the offensive nature of the team name ‘Redskins.’

This is an issue that’s been picked apart from every angle, put back together, then dissected again from what seems like the moment Washington was eliminated from the playoffs, and as Snyder said, “we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season.”

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He’s remained silent on the polarizing issue up until now, as spokespersons from either side – sanctioned and unsanctioned – have exchanged blows over a name that’s been a staple in the nation’s capital since 1937.

The name was even brought to federal court in an effort to rid the name ‘Redskins’ of being trademarked.

Here’s what Snyder told USA Today in full:

“We will never change the name of the team. As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it’s all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season.

“We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.

“I think the best way is to just not comment on that type of stuff,” Snyder said in response to a question about Amanda Blackhorse, a Navajo woman leading the charge for the team to lose its federal trademark. “I don’t know her.”

Up until now, general manager Bruce Allen had been the only Redskins official to weigh in on the debate publicly, when he took a similar stance back in February.

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Replacement names have ranged from reasonable to absurd, like when D.C. councilmember David Grosso suggested the team change its name to “Redtails,” an offering which was largely laughed at.

And until May 2, there hadn’t been a national poll conducted in recent years to reflect the opinion of a large sampling of people, leaving opinion to decide the political correctness of the nickname.

It’s settled then. At least until the next person brings it up.

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