WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Sports Illustrated’s Peter King will officially no longer be using the name ‘Redskins’ on his website, TheMMQB.com, he confirmed on Friday.
King addressed the matter in his latest piece, a story which 106.7 The Fan broke on Aug. 29 after one of his writers, Robert Klemko, told Chris Moore of CBS Sports Radio, “we’ve talked about it, and we’re not going to use the Redskins in our writing.”
King initially responded to the report just hours later, when he told The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre, “no decision has been made.”
On Thursday, Sept. 5, King published a reported 2,700+ word story on Redskins’ offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and the evolution of the zone-read offense, without so much as mentioning the name ‘Redskins’ once.
And in a story covering Tampa Bay’s Darrelle Revis released on Friday, King issued a statement on his stance against the Redskins team name.
“I’ve decided to stop using the Washington team nickname. It’s a name you won’t see me use anymore. The simple reason is that for the last two or three years, I’ve been uneasy when I sat down to write about the team and had to use the nickname. In some stories I’ve tried to use it sparingly. But this year, I decided to stop entirely because it offends too many people, and I don’t want to add to the offensiveness. Some people, and some Native American organizations—such as the highly respected American Indian Movement—think the nickname is a slur. Obviously, the team feels it isn’t a slur, and there are several prominent Native American leaders who agree. But I can do my job without using it, and I will. My 2,400-word story on Washington offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and his unique approach to the read-option Thursday proved you can write about the team (insightfully, I hope) and not make a big deal about not using the nickname.”
King would go on to specify that he speaks for neither Sports Illustrated, nor his staff at TheMMQB, and has not ordered anyone who works on his website not to use the name, but rather it will be each employee’s independent choice.
The news comes a day after the Oneida Indian Nation announced plans to launch an anti-Redskin radio advertising campaign, which will run on radio stations in each city the Redskins play during the 2013 regular season. You can listen to the radio advertisement here.