WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi believes the NFL shouldn’t keep the registered trademark for the Washington Redskins.
Pelosi made the comment before a National Congress of American Indians event Thursday, stating that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should not allow the NFL to keep the Redskins trademark.
“We all respect freedom of speech, but the trademark office has rejected names which are considered offensive and they should do it now,” Pelosi said at the event, according to CBS Sports. “They can keep their name on the team, but when it comes to all the stuff – that’s serious money. So I think that is one path that we can go.”
Pelosi added that it’s “long overdue” that the Washington-based NFL team changes its name.
Pelosi’s comments come as two Maryland delegates have propose a resolution urging Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the team’s name to something not offensive to Native Americans. They said the current name has been associated with “gruesome acts of genocide” and doesn’t suit the team’s proud tradition.
Maryland’s Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller told reporters Wednesday that he is a Redskins fan himself. He says he considers the measure misguided, like trying to legislate foreign policy at the state level. He prefers leaving the issue up to Snyder and the National Football League.
The Redskins play their home games at FedEx Field in Prince George’s County. The D.C. Council recently passed a resolution similar to the one proposed in Maryland.
Snyder has previously stated that he will not change the Redskins name.
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