Fred Davis Sees How Redskins’ Name ‘Could Be Kind of Offensive’
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Whether Redskins players were or were not actually advised by the team not to speak on the debate over its name, that hasn’t stopped tight end Fred Davis from addressing the matter with a lighthearted approach.
On Sept. 18, when asked to give comment on growing pressure for the team to change the name Redskins, Robert Griffin III told reporters players had been advised not to speak on the matter, before eventually clarifying that no such team directive banning the subject from being discussed had actually been issued.
Davis, in an interview with 106.7 The Fan’s Lavar and Dukes on Tuesday, was undeterred.
When the topic was first raised by Chad Dukes, Davis initially responded, “So then the Cleveland Indians are gonna have to change their name too?”
“That’s a good question,” Dukes said. “I don’t think they view ‘Indian’ as a slur.”
“The face of the Indian is kind of red-colored,” Davis said.
“Yea, that’s pretty racist,” Dukes said.
After a brief aside, Davis was pressed further on the issue.
“Fred, would it matter to you at all, as a player, if they changed the name of the team?” Dukes asked.
“I just feel like probably the history of it would change the way you know, people look at it, because damn, now they’re changing it after all these years, but at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter,” Davis said. “I mean, you give us a name or not, we’re going to go out their with some new cool jerseys and play football.”
“So at the end of the day, it depends,” he went on. “Whatever they do, I can’t really have a say in it, and I could see how it could be kind of offensive. But you know, at the end of the day, I don’t have control of that. All I do is put a jersey on and play football. If they call it Washington Redskins … Fredskins … I mean whatever you want to call it.”
“Fredskins?” Dukes said. “Are you advocating them changing the name to the Washington Fredskins? I would be into that.”
“No, I’m joking,” Davis said.