Bob Costas joined the debate over the Washington Redskins last night.
The NBC Sports journalist brought the topic up at halftime during the nationally televised game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Redskins.
Costas said that the name was a “slur” and an “insult” to Native Americans.
Costas said: “Think for a moment about the term ‘Redskins’ and how it truly differs from (other team names).Ask yourself what the equivalent would be, if directed [at] African-Americans. Hispanics. Asians. Or members of any other ethnic group.”
Costas also addressed Redskins owner Daniel Snyder’s open letter to his fans. Snyder said that he wasn’t going to change the name because it was an integral part of the Washington Redskin’s history.
Costas said: “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… It’s fair to say that for a long time now, and certainly in 2013, no offense has been intended. But if you take a step back, isn’t it clear to see how offense might legitimately be taken?”
Bob Costas may believe that the Washington Redskins need a name change but that isn’t likely to happen at the moment. Snyder said that only a small percentage of people were actually offended by the name and that he isn’t planning on altering Redskins culture.
Do you think the Washington Redskins name is offensive? Should the team change its name?