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Jeff Bostic: Why is Redskins Name Offensive to Native Americans?

by Chris Lingebach
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Members of the Washington Redskins honor guard carry US flags during pre-game ceremonies to honor the dead and missing of the 11 September terrorist attcks prior to the Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs National Football League game 30 September 2001 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.  AFP PHOTO/Mike THEILER (Credit: MIKE THEILER/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of the Washington Redskins honor guard carry US flags during pre-game ceremonies to honor the dead and missing of the 11 September terrorist attcks prior to the Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs National Football League game 30 September 2001 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. AFP PHOTO/Mike THEILER (Credit: MIKE THEILER/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Jeff Bostic caused quite the stir with his recent commentary on the volatile Redskins name debate, which against expectations, has grown new legs after Dan Snyder emphatically told the USA Today he’d “never” change the name.

When asked for his opinion on the matter by reporter Jake Russell, the esteemed member of the Hogs was outspoken, calling the movement to change the name “ridiculous.”

So Lavar and Dukes got him on the air to clarify his statements, and he remained pretty consistent with the tone he’d already taken publicly.

“Well I think number one, where is the American public entitled to tell someone that’s a business owner, what they will and will not name their team?” Bostic asked, in his interview on 106.7 The Fan Friday. “And secondly, show me where the Redskin name has been offensive to the Native Americans, in any way, shape or form.”

“It’s offensive to the Native Americans. Why?” Bostic later asked.

He asked a lot of questions, all of which were directed at those who’ve aligned themselves on the anti-Redskins side of the debate.

“Tell me specifically what the Redskins have done to make the nickname Redskins so offensive. Have we portrayed the Native Americans in a less than glamorous light?”

Bostic, calling in from Mark Rypien’s charity golf tournament, repeated himself a lot, assumingly for dramatic effect, but still managed to put a button on the entire, tired conversation.

“We’re probably going to talk about this and spin it around all day long,” Bostic said.

“At the end of the day, I still get back to one point. Tell me where the Redskin organization has ever – not one time, two times – has ever presented the Native American in anything than a glamorous light.”

There was a lot more.

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