by Chris Lingebach

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — As voices from both sides of the Redskins name controversy weigh in on the sudden ruling cancelling the team’s six federally protected trademarks Wednesday, Joe Theismann asserts it’s Daniel Snyder’s choice if the name stays or goes.

Theisman weighed in on social media:

In September 2013, Theismann was asked if he had a stance on the name issue, responding that he did not.

“I really don’t, because it’s not something that I would have any control of,” Theismann said at the time. “I can only say this: I played for the Washington Redskins for twelve years. I was very proud to wear that uniform and represent the Native American nations of this country. The American Indians, the Native American Indians of this country mean so much and are such a vital part of our society. I don’t know exactly what’s going to happen. Like I said, it’s out of my control. All I know is when I wore that uniform, I wanted to honor them and make them proud of the job that I did.”

Often is an opportunity to report on someone’s opinion on the team name, but rare is the opportunity to report on someone publicly defending it, as Theismann appears to be doing in this instance.

When opportunity knocks.


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