Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder announced a foundation this week to help Native Americans in need, but Senator Harry Reid isn’t impressed, slamming Snyder’s refusal to change the name and saying he’s only doing the charitable work just so he can benefit from the tax deduction. Reid said in a phone conversation today the team’s name will be changed within three years because, as he put it, Snyder and all the supporters rallying around keeping the name as “on the losing side of history.”
He panned the foundation as a “phony deal” and accused dismissed Snyder’s claim to be doing good works on behalf of the Native American community.
“Dan Snyder, he’s got a great new deal… He’s going to throw a few blankets to the Indians and get a tax deduction for it. I can’t imagine why the man doesn’t realize that the name is going to change. It’s only a question of when it’s going to change. That’s the only question.”
Reid pointed out that the Washington Bullets changed their name to the Washington Wizards as part of a concern about the violent culture. Snyder has repeatedly denied that “Redskins” is a racist term, and recently Keith Olbermann wondered why, if that’s the case, Snyder doesn’t use it in reference to actual Native Americans.
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