Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said he’ll never consider changing the team’s nickname despite growing pressure from outside the organization because the name has racist connotations.
But two Hall of Fame players who played during the team’s heyday in the 1980’s say it may be time for a change. Former wide receiver Art Monk and former cornerback Darrell Green suggested during a radio interview on Monday that it may be time to consider changing the team’s name.
“[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 on WTOP.
“It deserves and warrants conversation because somebody is saying, ‘Hey, this offends me,’” Green said.
Monk added that a name change should be “seriously considered.”
Ten members of Congress sent a letter to Snyder in May urging him to change the name because it is derogatory toward Native Americans. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded in a letter to lawmakers saying that the name “is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”