Darrell Green, Art Monk say Redskins should consider name change
Hall of Famers Art Monk and Darrell Green have let out their thoughts on the Redskins nickname. Both said a change should be considered.
With so many people weighing in on the question of whether the Redskins should change their name -- the team also wants to know what YOU think -- two more former Washington players have come out and said they’d like to see a change.
That would be Hall of Fame receiver Art Monk and Hall of Fame cornerback Darrell Green.
"[If] Native Americans feel like Redskins or the Chiefs or [another] name is offensive to them, then who are we to say to them 'No, it's not'?" Monk said, via WTOP.
Said Green: "It deserves and warrants conversation because somebody is saying, 'Hey, this offends me.’”
Their opinion isn’t unique. The team’s nickname was called “racist” and “derogatory” on the floor of the US House of Representatives, and in May, 10 members of Congress sent commissioner Roger Goodell a letter pushing for a name change.
Owner Daniel Snyder has flat-out rejected that the team will change its name under his ownership, though, and Goodell has defended the Washington franchise, saying the nickname was never "meant to denigrate Native Americans or offend any group."
Still, this controversy has been brewing since the 1970s -- you can read some articles from those days of yore here-- and it shows no signs of abating any time soon.
Not that Snyder seems to care.
We'll never change the name," he said in May. "It's that simple. NEVER -- you can use caps."
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