I always knew that there was some sort of controversy over the name of Washington D.C.’s beloved football team. But ever since I moved to the area, and ever since I wrote an article for the job in my other life[/url] about how associations have been working to get the Washington Redskins to change the team’s nickname, my eyes seems to fall upon every single article that chronicles the ongoing debate between athletes, Congress, the local and national media, fans, team officials, league officials, and Daniel Snyder.
Well, you can now add two former ‘Skins to that list. Hall of Famers Art Monk and Darrell Green were on WTOP radio[/url] on Tuesday morning to talk about the ‘Skins as they prepare for training camp, which opens on Thursday. While on air, though, they were given the chance to voice their opinions on the ongoing saga that is the Redskins’ name.
During the Golden Years in D.C. football—the 1980’s to mid 90’s—Monk and Green were two standouts on a team of all-stars. Monk would retire the NFL’s leading pass-catcher and Green, known for his ridiculous speed at the corner position, had a successful 20-year career in the Nation’s capital. The pair has five Super Bowl rings between them and were both welcomed into Canton in 2008.
They both also share a dislike for their former team’s racist 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.
Green echoed Monk’s sentiments: “It deserves and warrants conversation because somebody is saying, ‘Hey, this offends me.'”
Monk would go on to say that he’s not sure the team (i.e. Daniel Snyder) will ever consider a new name, but said it should be “seriously considered.”
I’m tired of sharing my opinion on this matter, but that opinion hasn’t changed a bit. The fact that the name has any bit of controversy surrounding it at all should be enough for Redskin officials to at least have an open conversation about the topic. The ‘Skins aren’t the only name in professional sports that could be seen as insensitive, but it’s by far the most egregious offender, and that’s why it’s getting the most attention.