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Peter King: Decision Not to Use ‘Redskins’ Not Motivated by Race

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Peter King recently announced he would personally no longer be referring to the Washington Redskins as the ‘Redskins’ on his website TheMMQB.com, the response to which he says has been “predictable.”

The story has developed over the course of several weeks, after Robert Klemko, a writer for King’s site, told CBS Sports Radio’s Chris Moore in late August, “We’re not going to use Redskins in our writing.”

“Probably predictable,” King told Lavar and Dukes on 106.7 The Fan on Tuesday. “I would say probably 70 percent of the people who have responded have said to me, you know you’re protesting something – and I’m saying this now in probably very mild terms compared to what has really been said to me on Twitter and on email – but in essence, they’re saying you’re protesting against something that nobody is mad about, so why are you doing that?”

“And I would disagree that nobody is mad about it,” King continued. “I think that there are quite a few people who don’t like the nickname. This is strictly a personal choice by me. It has nothing to do with calling anyone a racist, calling anybody anything. It’s just, I am uncomfortable using the name.

“And I thought that, really that that is the biggest point of emphasis of all of this, that I’ve gotten to the point in my life and in my career where I sort of think about things maybe a little bit differently than I did a few years ago, and now I have the ability to do that so I decided to do it.”

King himself confirmed the decision a day after writing an extensive piece about Redskins’ offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, without once mentioning the team’s nickname.

Following the historical trend of issues deemed to be a matter of political correctness, it’s reasonable to assume a certain matter of inevitability that the name will one day have to be changed, despite team owner Dan Snyder’s grand proclamation which would suggest otherwise.

However, King wouldn’t chalk this particular hot-button issue up to such an absolute.

“I don’t’ think it’s inevitable, but I think one day it’s likely,” King said. “But again, it’s not my call, and the last thing I want to be is the poster child to stand up here and to urge this thing to change. I mean it’s not my call. And I think that that belongs in decision-makers’ minds bigger than mine.”

“So we’ll see what happens,” King concluded.

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