Jeb Defends Washington Redskins Name: ‘It’s a Sport For Crying Out Loud!’
As the Washington Redskins continue to face legal battles stemming from their controversial name, presidential candidate Jeb Bush said that he doesn’t find the football team name offensive to Native Americans, or think they should change their name.
SiriusXM previewed a segment from their new show The Arena, where Bush said that the team has the right to resist pressure from the government and protests from social activist groups to change.
“I don’t think politicians ought to have any say in that to be honest with you,” Bush said. “I don’t find it offensive. Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive.”
Bush compared the commotion to what he saw as Governor of Florida, citing the 2005 NCAA decision to let Florida State University keep the Seminoles name for their team. Bush stated that the native tribe defended the university’s use of their name, and that the controversy inevitably subsided.
“It’s a sport for crying out loud. It’s a football team,” Bush said. “Washington has a huge fan base. I’m missing something here I guess.”
You can listen to the conversation above:
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