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:

Maria Cantwell
Jon Tester
Patty Murray
Dianne Feinstein
Sherrod Brown
Mark Begich
Chistopher Coons
Martin Heinrich
Tim Johnson
Jeff Merkley
Bernie Sanders
Richard Blumenthal
Christopher Murphy
Tom Udall
Jack Reed
Patrick Leahy
Angus King
Tom Harkin
Tammy Baldwin
Amy Klobuchar
Edward Markey
Michael Bennet
Barbara Mikulski
Jeanne Shaheen
Mary Landrieu
Harry Reid
Charles Schumer
Barbara Boxer
John Walsh
Carl Levin
Brian Schatz
Kristen Gillibrand
Mazie Hirono
Robert Menendez
Jay Rockefeller
Ron Wyden
Sheldon Whitehouse
Elizabeth Warren
Debbie Stabenow
Richard Durbin
Robert Casey
Heidi Heitkamp
Cory Booker
Claire McCaskill
Al Franken
Mark Udall
Tom Carper
Benjamin Cardin
Kay Hagan

Read the full letter here, via the New York Times.

[h/t New York Times]

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