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O’Malley: ‘Probably Time’ to Change Redskins Name

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WNEW/AP) — Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley says he believes it is “probably time” for the Washington Redskins football team to change its name.

O’Malley made the statement on his Facebook and Twitter pages Tuesday.

The Democratic governor, who is mulling running for president, posted: “I was asked earlier today and answered that I do believe it is probably time for the Washington Redskins to change their team name.”

“We hope that in every generation we become more understanding of one another & more respectful of the dignity of every individual & culture.”


The team plays in Landover, Maryland, at FedEx Field.

The Redskins name has been the subject of a sustained campaign by those who consider it to be a racial slur. Redskins’ owner Dan Snyder and others associated with the team have long argued that the Redskins name is used with respect and honor and is a source of pride among many Native Americans.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe was asked last week about the team’s name while he attended training camp in Richmond.

“I’m not in the business of telling private businesses what to do,” McAuliffe said.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, another potential 2016 presidential candidate, also recently spoke out against the Redskins name.

“I think it’s insensitive and I think there’s no reason for it to continue as the name of a team in our nation’s capital,” Clinton said in an interview with Fusion TV. “I would love to see the owners think hard about what they could substitute.”

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