Eastchester Sports Fans Support 'Redskins' Name

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Tuckahoe resident Cory Allen believes that the Redskins brand should remain untouched.
Tuckahoe resident Cory Allen believes that the Redskins brand should remain untouched. Photo Credit: Zak Failla
Brett Burke, an admitted Giants fan, said that this may lead to more problems if the NFL gives in.
Brett Burke, an admitted Giants fan, said that this may lead to more problems if the NFL gives in. Photo Credit: Zak Failla

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Select Eastchester sports fans do not share the sentiment of 50 Democratic United States Senators, who wrote letters to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, urging the league to change the name of the Washington Redskins.

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The senators drew their cue from the NBA, which banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million and is in the process of forcing him to sell the squad after recordings of his racist comments were leaked to the public.

Citing the NBA’s no-tolerance handling of the Sterling incident, the senators implored the NFL to act in a similar manner, calling the term “Redskin” a racial slur.

"Today, we urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports. It's time for the NFL to endorse a name change for the Washington, D.C. football team,” the senators wrote to the commissioner. “The NFL can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur.”

Although he said that he agreed with the NBA’s handling of Sterling – who reportedly gave permission to his wife to sell to the highest bidder on Friday – Tuckahoe resident Cory Allen said that they shouldn’t be able to force a team to change its entire brand.

“You can’t just take away a team’s name. That’d be like taking the star from Dallas or the Giants’ team colors. That’s what people know them as,” he said. “We’ve become really politically correct and I think this is them pushing a little too far.”

In the letter, the politicians claimed that Sterling’s comments “opened up a national conversation.”

“The despicable comments made by Mr. Sterling have opened up a national conversation about race relations. We believe this conversation is an opportunity for the NFL to take action to remove the racial slur from the name of one of its marquee franchises,” the letter – which reportedly has not yet been received by the NFL – says.

The Washington Redskin nickname has been in existence since the team relocated from Boston to Washington, D.C. in 1937. In recent years, there has been pressure from several outlets insisting that owner Dan Snyder change the name, something he has steadfastly refused to do.

“It has to be all or nothing. If they force the Redskins to change the name, then you have to look at the Cincinnati Reds, the Atlanta Braves, the Florida State Seminole, all of them across all the sports,” Eastchester resident Brett Burke said while having lunch at Growlers Beer Bistro. “It’s too slippery of a slope. I don’t think it’s going to end well.”

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If the National Congress of American Indians is petitioning the NFL and Snyder to change the name because of the negative imagery used to portray and stereotype Native Americans it seems the league and the courts will have to eventually respect that fact. The stupidity of walking into a bar in Tuckahoe and quoting a sentence or two from a resident and then portraying that as a reflection of the towns residents is laughable.
As far as 'brand' goes -- hundreds of schools across the country have already voluntarily changed their names over the past 30 years or so. It doesn't seem to have driven the St. John's Red Storm or the Stamford Cardinals out of business -- and should hardly be a consideration in the debate.
In the end Daniel 'pale face' Snyder will rebrand the team the Senators or something else, put away the ridiculous Euro-centric stereotypical mascot gear and try to run a football team -- something he has done a horrible job of.

"Redskins" is a racial slur. There is no place for its usage, anywhere, that is appropriate. Especially a football team nickname. It is the same thing as calling a team "the Bronx N-words" or the "Eastchester Goombas".

Show some empathy, people, and think about someone other than yourself for a change.