WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Controversy surrounding the team name Washington ‘Redskins’ has certainly had its ebbs and flows, but gained new traction Monday evening, with the release of a letter from team owner Dan Snyder, announcing the creation of the “Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation.
“For too long, the struggles of Native Americans have been ignored, unnoticed and unresolved,” Snyder writes, announcing the team’s plans to “provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities for Tribal communities.”
Former Super Bowl-winning quarterback Doug Williams, who returned to the organization as personnel executive this offseason, declined comment on the name issue Tuesday afternoon.
“Number one, I look at it from this standpoint: No matter what side of the fence you’re gonna be on, you’re gonna lose anyway,” Williams said.
“And I think that’s a situation for Mr. Snyder and Bruce [Allen] to handle. I’m not in that position to make those assumptions, and it’s no sense in getting in it and making any, so I’m gonna stay away from that one.”
Snyder too declined comment on the issue, and his new foundation, Tuesday afternoon, according to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, who also notes Allen’s thoughts on the matter.[tweet https://twitter.com/MikeJonesWaPo/status/448493632807395329 width=”420″] [tweet https://twitter.com/MikeJonesWaPo/status/448493356536963072 width=”420″]
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