We reported over the weekend of President Obama’s remarks about a name change for the beloved Washington Redskins. This is the NFL team of our nation’s capital – led by Heisman Trophy Winner Robert Griffin III. Our opinion at Thoughtful Women was echoed by our executive editor – a devoted Washington Redskins fan – who took the position that 81 years tradition and pride should not be overlooked.
Today, Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, penned this note to the Redskins Nation. I hope the President reads this letter. Mr. Obama has been in Washington for five years now, but seemingly did not understand the rich pride and history of the team. Hail to the Redskins!!
To Everyone in our Washington Redskins Nation:
As loyal fans, you deserve to know that everyone in the Washington Redskins organization – our players, coaches and staff – are truly privileged to represent this team and everything it stands for. We are relentlessly committed to our fans and to the sustained long-term success of this franchise.
That’s why I want to reach out to you – our fans – about a topic I wish to address directly: the team name, “Washington Redskins.” While our focus is firmly on the playing field, it is important that you hear straight from me on this issue. As the owner of the Redskins and a lifelong fan of the team, here is what I believe … and why I believe it.
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