WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – The 11th Annual Michael Wilbon and James Brown Celebrity Roast & Golf Classic was a veritable who’s who of sports media, both locally and nationally, making the event a hotbed for discussion of hot-button issues, like for instance, the ongoing debate over the team name of the Washington Redskins.
The debate tends to bring out strong emotions, on whichever side of it people line up, although it’s rare, when asked, a person doesn’t have an opinion on the issue.
That dichotomous nature was on display when WNEW’s Cameron Thompson asked attendees of the event for their personal stance on the issue Thursday, getting reactions on the record from Joe Gibbs, Joe Theismann, Wilbon and JB.
Below are their statements on the Redskins name change debate, which you can either read in print or listen to in the clips below each statement.
“I think one of the best things that I saw on that was that Rick Reilly article that came out here about two or three weeks ago,” Gibbs said. “I think that says it probably the best, and for me, from the time I grew up as a young kid running around the hills of North Carolina, the only football team we could get was the Redskins. So from that point on, everything I’ve known or been a part of has been Redskins. I never ever thought of it as anything negative, but it’s all been a positive and I think that’s what I reflect on when I reflect on the song, the games and everybody being loyal Redskin people.
When asked by Thompson to confirm if he thought it would be wrong to change the team’s name, Gibbs replied, “It would be wrong to change the team’s name.”