As a lifelong Redskins fan I understand the history behind the team's name and the logo and the fact that the term "Redskin" is not meant to be offensive. But sometimes, that's not necessarily the point. And I think a lot of people have realized that that time is close and may very well be now. Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, is NOT one of those people. In fact, he seems to be an out-of-touch and arrogant prick and perhaps a world-class asshole.
"We will never change the name of the team... As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it's all about and what it means... We'll never change the name... It's that simple. NEVER -- you can use caps." - (source: USA TODAY via ESPN.com)Really Dan? THAT is how you choose to handle this topic? Maybe you've been worked up about it since it's been in the media recently. Maybe you just brazenly don't give a crap. But either way - as the team's owner - you have to be more aware/conscious than this don't you? Where's a solid PR person when this man needs one?
The first part of this (after the "we will never...") wasn't bad: "As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it's all about and what it means". Yup, I feel you on that Dan. But at the same time, things change over time because they need to or it's just the right thing to do (Charles Ramsey style). This makes me wonder how he would handle this if the name offended Black folks (a ton of which are in the DMV and are big money spenders on Redskins paraphenalia, tickets, etc.).
I guess when you're as rich and wealthy as he is, you don't have to worry about those who are "beneath" you. Charles Ramsey would not agree with this bullshyt Dan is spewing. Responding to this issue in this way just makes him look like an arrogant, out-of-touch rich douchebag. It makes me shake my head that my favorite team has an owner who can be such a dumb-ass so often. You gotta take the good (loves his team and is willing to spend money) and the bad (this stupidness) with this guy.