50 Senators Send Letter to NFL Urging Name Change of Washington Football Team
Fifty senators, led by Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), sent a letter the National Football League Thursday calling on the league to pressure Washington Football Team owner Dan Snyder to drop the name “Redskins.”
“We urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the N.B.A. did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports,” Reid and his colleagues wrote, referring to the NBA’s recent 86ing of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
“The N.F.L. can no longer ignore this and perpetuate the use of this name as anything but what it is: a racial slur,” the letter read. “We urge the N.F.L. to formally support a name change for the Washington football team.”
Fifty of the fifty-five Senate Dems signed the letter, which was not offered to Republican members:
Read the full letter here, via the New York Times.
[h/t New York Times]
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