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ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak Regrets Not Being ‘More Sensitive’ to Redskins Name Controversy

by Chris Lingebach
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File photo of a Washington Redskins helmet. (credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

File photo of a Washington Redskins helmet. (credit: Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak, a D.C. area native formerly employed by local NBC affiliate WRC, regrets not being “more sensitive” to the Redskins name controversy during her time in Washington, per Richard Deitsch of Sports Illustrated.

Furthermore, as the controversy continues its ebbs and flows (and will gain national attention Tuesday night, with ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” set to air an hour-long special on the name, including the full interview with team owner Dan Snyder — a portion of which previously aired in August — at 8 p.m.) Czarniak says she prefers to no longer use the name.

Here’s Czarniak, via Deitsch’s weekly “Noise Report”:

How does she feel about broadcasters using the word “Redskins?”

“Covering the team and cultivating the relationships with the owner, Coach Gibbs, the coaching staff and the players will always be a highlight of my career but I do regret that I wasn’t more sensitive to this topic at the time,” Czarniak said. “A big part of that is because of nostalgia. Even today, one of my six-month old son’s first baby gifts was a Redskins Onesie. I prefer not to use the name. If it is offensive to someone and if we know that, that’s all we need to know.”

As Deitsch reports, Czarniak will step away from the SportsCenter studio, at times, this upcoming NFL season, to report for ESPN’s ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ “from the site of a major 1 p.m. ET game.”

The Redskins have ten games scheduled for 1 p.m. kickoffs in 2014, which, as Dan Steinberg observes, could make Czarniak’s reformed opinion on the team’s name abundantly clear this fall.

That said, Redskins fans may also have the pleasure of finally seeing Czarniak report on their team again.

ESPN talent has maintained individuality in their opinions of the name.

Here’s more on that from Deitsch:

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