WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Another media member has jumped off the Redskins bandwagon.
No, USA Today columnist Christine Brennan isn’t speaking from the perspective of a fan after more than thirty years of covering professional sports, but she has become the latest name on a growing list of journalist who will no longer use the team name ‘Redskins.”
Brennan announced her political stance against the nickname in a tweet late Wednesday evening, linking to a statement explaining the reasoning behind her decision.
“I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said the words “Washington Redskins,” Brennan wrote. “At one point in my career, I probably used the term at least 50 times a day. I said it on television and radio. I wrote it in the newspaper. Over the years, I’ve used it thousands of times, probably more than 10,000 by now.”
“It’s time I stopped,” she stated.
Brennan’s announcement came just hours removed from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell began to distance himself from his previous backing of the team’s name, when he told 106.7 The Fan’s Lavar and Dukes, “If one person is offended, we have to listen.”
She joins fellow sports writer Peter King, who officially announced his opposition to the name last week, when he confirmed he would no longer publish ‘Redskins’ on his website, TheMMQB.com, because he’s “uncomfortable using the name.”
Brennan, who covered the Redskins from 1985 to 1987 for the Washington Post, stated she’s used the name so often that she’d “never given it a second thought.”
“But when I said the nickname this summer during a panel discussion, I stopped myself,” she noted. “For the first time, it didn’t seem right to say.”
“So now that the 2013 NFL season has begun, it makes sense to me to stop using the word,” she’d go on later in the piece. “This is a personal decision, as it was for some of my colleagues in the sports media, lead by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King. I’m guessing others will eventually make this call.”
It doesn’t appear she was aware of Goodell’s recent comments though, saying “he must consider how history will judge a commissioner who defends the continued use of a racist nickname by one of his league’s teams.”
Read the full announcement here.
Activists in support of a name change also include the Oneida Indian Nation, which recently launched an ad campaign to follow the team in 2013, buying up time in cities the Redskins are scheduled to visit this season.
Still on the Redskins bandwagon are team owner Dan Snyder, who told the USA Today in June, “We’ll never change the name. It’s simple. NEVER,” as well as team GM Bruce Allen, and former player Darrell Green.