WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Darrell Green was recently quoted on the Redskins name change debate as saying “it deserves and warrants a conversation because somebody is saying, ‘Hey, this offends me.'”
Reporters took this one line and ran with it because Green’s a big-named former Redskin speaking on the controversial issue, then spun it out of control, and before you know it, the national perspective became ‘Darrell Green wants the Redskins to change their name.’
There’s only one problem: that’s not what Darrell Green wants.
“In no way I want to see the Redskins change their name,” Green told 106.7 The Fan’s Lavar and Dukes. “So that just makes that clear. And I’ll speak for Art, there’s no way he wants it, and I guarantee he didn’t say it, and I know I didn’t say it.”
Green insists he was simply trying to emphasize if someone is offended by the name, then a conversation, if nothing else, is warranted.
“What my real comment in response to the question was, ‘Does it deserve merit?'” Green clarified. “And my comments were that, ‘Look, if it offended somebody – if somebody was offended, then I think it merits at least a discussion.’ I mean, goodness, I mean, people should be able to say ‘Hey, you offended me’ and somebody should be able to have a dialogue. Now, where it lands, that’s another thing.”
“You know and I know, in your industry, certain people, you know, they want to have different agendas and they’ve got stuff to say, and you know, you want people to think this,” Green later added.
“My point was, in this country guys, you start talking about politics, racism, lesbians, gays … oh you can’t say all that! Wait a minute. We can’t talk about it? I talk about it with my daughters,” Green further clarified his stance.
He does believe opposition to the Redskins name is missing a face representative of the issue, however.
“See, Rodney King has a face. Trayvon Martin has a face. Some of these issues have a face and a personality,” Green noted. “One thing I will say on the Redskins side of it, there is no face or personality.”
The team’s owner, Dan Snyder, has gone on-record as saying, “we’ll never change the name.”
“It’s simple. NEVER,” he tacked on.
Redskins’ general manager Bruce Allen called it “ludicrous” to suggest the franchise is trying to upset Native Americans with the name.
And in May, an Associated Press-GfK poll found widespread national support for the nickname.
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