WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — No current Redskins player has taken a stance against the team’s controversial name, and understandably so, as one would really have nothing to gain from entrenching himself against a large portion of the fanbase, and everything to lose.
It’s a shame, really, that players even continue to be asked for comment on it, considering all they could stand to lose from such a gotcha moment.
The only player to even come close to saying anything remotely negative, was DeAngelo Hall, who was rather aggressively nudged into saying the team “probably should” change the name, comments which he quickly rescinded as soon as he realized where he’d been led.
Nevertheless, players continue to be asked, with the latest example being Pierre Garcon, in an appearance with 106.7 The Fan’s Lavar and Dukes on Tuesday.
“Are people harassing you about the whole tired name change debate thing?” Garcon was asked.
“There’s always people that are trying to say things about it, but like I told them, I have no control over that,” he answered. “If the team was called anything else, if they wanted me, and I played for them, I don’t want to offend anybody, but I have no control over it. I can’t do anything about it. I just show up for work.”
“Would you ever not play based off of the name?” Lavar followed up.
“That’s hard to say,” Garcon said. “Because if it’s obviously offending me or somebody that I know, or somebody that I know that it’s affecting, then I probably wouldn’t play for them. But coming in the league as a rookie, I’d probably play for any team.”
“Is it a distraction at all in the locker room?” Dukes asked.
“Being in the NFL, there’s a lot of distractions, but you get used to dealing with distractions and you keep playing,” Garcon said.
So, as the process generally goes, it’s time to dissect what Garcon said.
I guess it’s fair to deduce, based on the answers Garcon provided, that, strictly hypothetically speaking, if a team’s name offended either Garcon or somebody he knew, and he wasn’t a rookie just entering the NFL, then Pierre Garcon would not play for that hypothetical team with a hypothetically offensive name.
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