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Holder: The Redskins Offensive Name ‘Ought to be Changed’

by Chris Lingebach
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U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was asked, in an interview with Pierre Thomas for ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on Sunday, if the name of the Washington Redskins should be changed, and if he finds it offensive.

The interview, conducted in London, touched on a wide degree of social and political issues, before stopping on the ongoing debate over the team’s name.

“You’re a Washingtonian,” Pierre said. “I don’t know if you’re a Redskin fan or not — should that name change, and do you find it offensive?”

“Well, I’m gonna speak very personally now,” Holder answered. “I think the name ought to be changed. I think it is an offensive name.”

“The Redskins, that organization is a great one,” Holder said. “It’s a team with a storied history that has huge amounts of support in Washington, D.C., and I think in the 21st century, they could increase their fan base, increase their level of support, if they did something that, from my perspective, is so obviously right.”

Watch the video below [via ABC News].


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