by Brian Tinsman

WASHINGTON — After the unexpected death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the current court’s longest-serving member, focus in Washington, D.C. has shifted to finding his replacement on the bench.

The next justice will likely face a rigorous nomination and confirmation process, cross-examined in the U.S. Senate and forced to answer questions on topics from healthcare to abortion rights.

One topic that might also be interesting for D.C. sports fans to watch is the next justice’s opinion of the Washington Redskins, an area in which Scalia was predictably forthright:

“I’m not really much of a football fan,” he told the Houston Chronicle in 2013. “To the extent I am, I hate the Redskins. In fact, I always root for Dallas,” Scalia replied.

Not just a run-of-the-mill Redskins downer, but a fully-fledged Dallas fan? Scalia was a product of northern New Jersey and New York City, spending no significant portion of time in Texas.

Beyond simply seeing burgundy and gold on the Supreme Court bench, it’s worth noting that the ongoing Redskins name debate could eventually make its way to the highest court.

Ongoing trademark cases underline legal avenues that protest groups will look to in order to sack one of the oldest names in American sports.

Consideration of whether the next justice hates the Redskins’ team or name, it could have long-term political implications for D.C. sports fans.


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