UPDATE: King has since confirmed the story, adding that his decision has nothing to do with calling anyone racist, but that he’s just uncomfortable using the name.
“I know that our site, we’ve talked about it, and we’re not going to use Redskins in our writing,” Klemko said on CBS Sports Radio’s MoJo with Chris Moore and Brian Jones.
“We’re going to say ‘Washington football team,’” Klemko added. “And it’s not something we’re going to publicize or write about. We’re just not going to do it.”
TheMMQB.com, an offshoot of Sports Illustrated, is a preeminent source for NFL news, and collectively, its feature writers – made up of Robert Klemko, Greg Bedard, Jenny Vrentas and the site’s founder, Peter King – account for more than 1.2 million Twitter followers. So there’s strength in numbers on this one.
The first domino to fall was the Kansas City Star in Oct. 2012, when public editor Derek Donovan rebuked the oft-debated nickname.
The decision to abstain from its use was viewed as radical at the time, but garnered national attention from Klemko, then a writer for USA Today Sports.
The Washington City Paper quickly followed suit, even launching a contest to determine how the paper should refer to the team moving forward.
It’s worth noting, The Star has apparently since backed off its stance against the name.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder famously said in May, “We’ll never change the name. It’s simple. NEVER.”