WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it’s time for the NFL’s Washington Redskins to change their name.
The Nevada Democrat is accusing Redskins owner Daniel Snyder of hiding behind tradition in retaining his team’s name.
“How long will the NFL continue to do nothing — zero — as one of its teams bears a name that inflicts so much pain on Native Americans?” Reid asked while giving a Senate speech Wednesday, according to The Washington Post.
Reid says his state has 22 tribes and that the only tradition behind the Redskins’ name was one of racism.
“Tradition? What tradition?” he told The Washington Post. “A tradition of racism is all that name leaves in its wake. Mr. Snyder knows that in sports, the only tradition that matters is winning. So I urge Daniel Snyder to do what is morally right and remove this degrading term from the league by changing his team’s name.”
Reid continued on by expressing how he felt about the Washington Wizards’ team name since they dropped their “Bullets” name roughly 17 years ago out of sensitivity to the city’s crime problem.
“The Wizards have a good name,” Reid explained according to The Washington Post. “Don’t you think Daniel Snyder can come up with a name? It should be easy. He could invite the fans to choose a name. He could ask high school kids to come up with a name.”
Reid is congratulating the NBA for banning Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling for life. Sterling was caught in an audio recording making racist comments about blacks.
The senator says it’s time for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to follow the NBA’s lead and rid his league of bigotry and racism.
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