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Mike Ditka Wants To Keep The Redskins Name Unchanged

Brittany Russell | PopWrapped Author

Brittany Russell

08/21/2014 2:20 pm
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Mike Ditka Wants To Keep The Redskins Name Unchanged | Mike Ditka
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Former Chicago Bears coach and ESPN analyst Mike Ditka has no problem with using the Redskins name when broadcasting play-by-plays, he said in an interview with Mike Richman of
“It’s so much [expletive] it’s incredible. We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Proudskin? This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is."
The interview comes after several broadcasters, like CBS' Phil Simms, had started considering to not use the term "Redskin" in their broadcast. Simms says he is aware of the sensitivity to the name and that his “very first thought is it will be ‘Washington’ the whole game." But Ditka is on the opposite end of the spectrum.
“Its been the name of the team since the beginning of football. It has nothing to do with something that happened lately, or something that somebody dreamed up. This was the name, period. Leave it alone. These people are silly — asinine, actually, in my opinion.”
Ditka says he admires Redskins owner Daniel Snyder's efforts to maintain the name. The controversy stems from the belief that the Redskin name has become pejorative in America nowadays. Several Native American tribes and several organizations that represent various groups of Native Americans are opposed to the name, along with various public officials and sportscasters, such as President Obama, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, ESPN host Michael Wilbon, and former Redskins and Cowboys running back Calvin Hill.
“If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizable group of people, I'd think about changing it," President Obama said in October 2013.
Where do you stand on the Redskins name controversy?

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