Far be it from me to tell the Redskins organization that urging its fans to Twitter spam a United States Senator is a bad idea. Fortunately for me, the internet has already done that bidding.
Keith Olbermann took to his ESPN platform Thursday evening to call Redskins owner Dan Snyder a liar, with regard to his repeated claims the name Redskins honors Native Americans, pointing to a Hartford Courant newspaper clipping quoting the Associated Press on July 6, 1933, the year the Boston Braves became the Redskins.
“Daniel Snyder, and those in the National Football League who stick to this nonsense, are lying. Although, we must concede the possibility that Snyder was not lying; that he too was, at best, easily led, delusional, rationalizing and stupid. This conclusive unanswerable case-closed development is nothing less than a direct quote, refuting the whole, ‘We named the team to honor our Native American coach’ Bolshoi. The quote comes from the decisive, singular original source, George Preston Marshall, the man who founded the franchise and named it the quote, ‘Redskins.’’
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Here are a few headlines from around the web in response to the Redskins encouraging fans to illustrate their #RedskinsPride to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid — who’s been beating the drum for the team to change its name — by informing him “what the team means to you,” and sending a corresponding email to season tickets holders to do the same, via Reid’s Facebook account and email address.
Wall Street Journal:
The Big Lead:
Washington City Paper:
I’m sure this PR problem is actually well-contained, and we’re all just making a bigger deal out of it than it is.