Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: Redskins Name Debate ‘Ridiculous’
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) – Toronto Mayor Rob Ford hasn’t even appeared on The Sports Junkies yet but he likely already won some fans in the Washington area thanks to his stance on the Redskins name debate.
Ford said Wednesday that he supports the Washington football team’s nickname and doesn’t want it to be changed, despite increasing pressure from outside the organization.
“To me, that’s ridiculous. What are we going to call the Cleveland Indians, the Cleveland Aboriginals?” Ford said. “The Skins are the Skins and I’d stick with the Washington Redskins.”
President Barack Obama has said he would consider changing the name if he owned the team.
Ford attended a Redskins football camp as a child. He played football in high school and made his college team but did not play in any games.
Ford told the National Post he “can’t wait” for his Thursday morning appearance on 106.7 The Fan. An avid sports fan, Ford will join the Junkies at 8:40 a.m. Thursday to talk sports and give his NFL picks.
“Why not? I’ll go on any radio,” Ford said. “They came to me. You are going to see my picks. I’ll bet any one of you guys.”
The Junkies are hoping that he will make weekly appearances thereafter, WJFK Program Director Chris Kinard said.
“We didn’t expect to get a reply and for him to agree to come on,” Kinard said. “We ask figures like this to come on our station all the time, and rarely does it happen, but we’re excited.”
Kinard said the Junkies plan to stick mostly to sports for Thursday’s appearance.
“If he’s interested in speaking about other things, we’ll have to see how that goes,” he said.