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NBC’s Bob Costas: Redskins Nickname an insult, a slur

Bob Costas of NBC Sports spoke on the controversy over the Washington Redskins nickname Sunday night during halftime. NBC devoted the entire halftime to discuss the hot topic with Bob Costas.

NBC’s Bob Costas: Redskins Nickname an insult, a slur
Costas said, “think for a moment about the term “Redskins” and how it truly differs from other nicknames based on Native American images. Ask yourself what the equivalent would be if directed at African-Americans. Hispanics. Asians. Or members of any other ethnic group. When considered that way, “Redskins” can’t possibly honor a heritage, or a noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term. It is an insult, a slur, no matter now benign the present-day intent.”


Costas continued, “the Redskins are playing for the first time since President Barack Obama told the Associated Press in an interview last weekend that he would “think about” changing the name if he owned the team. Redskin’s owner Daniel Snyder, who has previously vowed never to change the name, responded by sending a letter to season ticket holders claiming that the name was NEVER a label. It was, and continues to be, a badge of honor.”


The Redskins franchise has had the nickname since 1933. The Redskins name was changed from “Boston Braves” and they moved to Washington in 1937. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell seems confident that Daniel Snyder is considering changing the name of the team.


NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was quoted saying, “Daniel Snyder is way down the road in consideration of whether the name should be changed. I’m confident he’s listening. I’m confident he feels strongly about the name but also wants to do the right thing.”


Costas is no stranger to controversial topics. Last December, Kansas City linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend before killing himself. Costas was quoted on saying, “our current gun culture simply ensures that more and more domestic disputes will end in an ultimate tragedy.”

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