Washington Redskins Write Scathing Response to Lawmakers Who Want Team Name Changed

Fox News, February 11, 2014

The Washington Redskins issued a scathing response to two lawmakers Monday after they called for the team to change its controversial name.

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., told NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in a letter that the league is on the “wrong side of history” in allowing the Redskins to keep their name, which some see as a slur.


But the team fired back in a statement, saying that Cantwell–who chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs–has better things to do with her time.

“Senator Cantwell should be aware that there are many challenges facing Native Americans, including an extremely cold winter with high energy bills, high unemployment, life threatening health problems, inadequate education and many other issues more pressing than the name of a football team which has received strong support from Native Americans,” the statement said. “Surely, with all the issues Congress is supposed to work on such as the economy, jobs, war and health care, the Senator must have more important things to do,” the statement said.

A spokesman for the NFL, meanwhile, said the league will respond to the lawmakers’ letter “in an appropriate manner” once it has been reviewed.


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  • NeanderthalDNA

    I’ve liked the skins for a long time. Like them more and more.

    Last NFL team to heavily integrate, they were a favorite down South for years before Southern expansion franchises popped up. Also a favorite among many non-political Amerindians…

  • Puggg

    The article left out the best part of the comeback letter.

    Tom Cole is from Oklahoma, and “Oklahoma” in the Choctaw language means “red people.”

    If this cacophony to change the team mascot gets too loud, the team has a way out:

    Draft Michael Sam.

    • That’s all I can hear about all week.

      When you work in or close to Missouri state government, you’re working with a lot of Mizzou alumni. And of course that story has this sleepy little river town accentuated by a state capital on fire and turned upside down.

      And I’m already sick of it. Unfortunately, it just may be a permanent media circus that will never die down.

    • So CAL Snowman

      “Draft Michael Sam”

      Good advice, then they could change their name to the “Buttskins”

      • bilderbuster

        The “Foreskins”!

      • Oil Can Harry

        Hey, stop picking on Michael Butt-Slam.

      • bilderbuster

        Or the Washington Foreskins!

      • r j p

        I would suggest changing the name to the Washington [email protected]@ers.
        But some Birmingham concern probably owns the rights to that name.
        Yes Birmingham had a team by that name.

  • MekongDelta69

    The NFL (these days) – Even a stopped clock gets it right twice a day.

  • Garrett Brown

    Eventually it will be changed. You cannot stop the PC train no matter how hard you try.

    • John Ambrose

      The left-wing media will go on and on about this issue until they finally get their way and the name Redskins is dropped…

    • Brian

      This doesn’t annoy me nearly as much as the Denver Boone mascot– the faculty, foreign students, minorities and ladies supposedly ‘couldn’t resonate’ with a western pioneer, whose work made the existence of their school possible.

  • D.B. Cooper

    81 years with that name, and 99% if Indians don’t care. The biggest protesters are either Indians who have other matters to worry about, or white liberals without a clue.

    • Laura Dilworth

      Oklahoma means red people in Choctaw. Gotta change the name of that state.

    • Brian

      I’d be happy with a name change, as long as it’s this:

  • Spartacus

    “Surely, with all the issues Congress is supposed to work on such as the
    economy, jobs, war and health care, the Senator must have more important
    things to do,”


    Your senator’s only job is the destruction, humiliation and demoralization of the White race. That’s the order she and the vast majority of elected officials receive from the ones that put them in office .

    • bigone4u

      They’re bullies who are sociopaths. They get off to pushing others around, but they don’t quite know what to do when somebody pushes back. Typical cowardly bullies.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      The United States is not a democracy. It is a police state with open borders, run by multicultural fanatics.

      • mikebowen55

        I wouldn’t call them multicultural fanatics because they don’t act that way towards their ‘promised land’.

  • bigone4u

    I don’t care about feetsball or the Negro Felon League but the team’s response is a model for all to follow. Issue scathing replies questioning the competence and motives of your accusers. Brilliant PR work by the Skins. If Paula Deen had reacted like this …

    • ncpride

      Exactly!! When Whites are attacked for ever growing ridiculous reasons, it’s past time to start fighting back with responses similar to this one. What are they going to do….seriously? Defend our positions with vigor, and stop groveling for heavens sake!

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Isn’t it great? It’s finally happening. The Libtards get it right back in their faces. Woohooo!!!!

        • Mergatroyd

          This ain’t over yet. I expect a full capitulation from Dan Snyder fairly soon. He’ll most likely be bribed or threatened with blackmail.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            If Cantwell were sincere and acting from the heart, she should be pushing for an African name. If DC is 80% African then why isn’t she insisting on displacing the American Indian demo? That’s what the diversity Nazis do all day.

            They should be pushing for an African team name like the Washington Bantus, Washington Zulus, Washington Mau Maus, or something.

            Along the lines of New Orleans Jazz, maybe have a name like Washington SNAP, or Washington EBT?

    • benvad

      A case of fight fire with fire. Maybe we should broadcast her misappropriation of campaign funds, bribes and having an affair with a married man. Or how she’s not doing her job properly.

      Just throw any kind of slur or accusation against the wall and see if it sticks.

      Make up lies, whatever we can do for the home team!!

    • bilderbuster

      I might have felt bad for Paula Dean but she’s an Obama girl.

      • Mergatroyd

        Shows how quickly they turn on their own, doesn’t it.

        Ask Chris Christie about how his new Democrat friends including Obama are coming to his defense…

    • dd121

      Paula should have pushed back and said “Lay off, I’m the victim here”. The whole episode was hard to watch.

  • Michiganman6

    No, they should change the name of the team. Here are some suggestions:
    Red Necks
    Knights Templar
    Knights of the Round Table
    Blue Devils
    Blue Eyed Devils

    Anything but Redskin. Any other suggestions?

    • TheAntidote

      The Roman Imperials
      The Anglo Saxons
      The Normans
      The Franks
      The Prussians
      The Conquistadors

    • dd121

      The Washington Porch Monkeys. That’s at least in keeping with the actual ethnic makeup of the team. How could anybody be against that?

      • NeanderthalDNA

        How bout the “Rockfish”, or perhaps the “Smoked Irish”, or…

        Well here’s a valuable resource I just found. Bookmarked it in a heartbeat!


        • Bon, From the Land of Babble

          OK, how about the Fredskins?

          Who could be intimidated or offended by THAT?

          Will Cantwell and Cole go after the Green Bay Packers as offensive to the LBGT (or whatever the hell the initials are) community??

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Hanna Barbara would be offended. I knew a kid in high school who printed up a bunch of t-shirts with ol Fred holding a joint and giving a rousing “Yabba Dabba DOOB!”

            HB stopped that after the first couple of production runs, LOL…

          • What about Warner Brothers? Or rather, Warn-a-Brother.

            The basket-brawl goon’s excuseologists claim that the “WB” tat on his shoulder isn’t “Warn-a-Brother,” but “West Baltimore.” Except this is the same Carmelo Anthony who starred in one of those “never snitch” ghetto videos.

          • The Packers’ name come from meat packers. I always figured if that mascot ever met trouble, it would be at the hands of the vegetarian crowd.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            I thought you were going to say the LGBTQ crowd……Doh….!!!!

        • dd121

          Oh hell, they deleted my suggestion. Please DNA, let’s not bring the Irish into this discussion in a negative way. 🙂

          • NeanderthalDNA

            Sorry pal. Check out the website. Invaluable reference tool there…lol…

    • Andy

      Palefaces, I think.

    • SFLBIB

      “Vikings” is already taken. How about “Centurions”?

  • Dave4088

    It’s about time an organization takes the fight to the cultural Marxists. Let’s hope they press forward and don’t back down as I predict the media will escalate their attacks on the Washington Redskins.

    • Mergatroyd

      I suspect the pressure will start coming from the government and the media and will escalate.

      Best advice: Turn it off and boycott.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        I turn off professional sports because of the excess commercials anyway. There won’t be any pain for me with a boycott.

  • Danimalius

    What stands out most to me here is how professional sports, in this instance the NFL, chooses to either court or dismiss political correctness depending on the circumstances. Here they give a spirited defense against its encroachment… but then look at the Superbowl ads. This is a business, and currying the favor of non-whites and liberal-minded viewers is all fine and well until it breaks a brand name.

    • Larry Klein

      Not the NFL that is opposing the name change, but the Redskins owner Dan Snyder and his brand. Goodell the commish never met a pc platitude he didn’t like.

      • benvad

        Goodell is in for the cash, and that’s that.

      • John K

        If Goodell had his way, he’d turn the NFL into flag football.

    • willbest

      Does the NFL get veto over commercials? I thought it was NBC or whatever network that carries the Super Bowl that cares about that. The NFL already has its money.

  • NoMosqueHere

    Someone said this before, but the best name — should they change it — is the Washington Thinskins.

  • John K

    Pure stupidity on lawmakers’ part. Even many Indian / Native-American people refer to themselves as red man / redskin. If they want to actually improve race relations, they’ll start holding blacks accountable for their actions instead of pushing this stupid liberal feel-good name change.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Sen. Maria Cantwell, CPUSA-Wash., and Rep. Tom Cole, C-Okla.,..that the league is on the ‘wrong side of history.’

    Bevis and Butthead have more sense than these two nitwits.

    “Wrong side of history” is a cultural marxist term used to bludgeon and intimidate Whites into giving up their heritage, culture and history. Communism is also on the “wrong side of history” as proved by the murder of 65 million in the old Soviet Union, but that doesn’t stop Obama, Maria Cantwell (grade F from Numbers USA) and others of their ilk from promoting the same policies here.

    I can see an Executive Order being written…

  • The Final Solution

    The Native Americans were the ones on the wrong side of history. We kicked the $#!t out of them and conquered the entire continent. Their history began the day the white man came to this land and enriched them with his presence. Without a written language they had no history to be on the right side of anyway.

    • John K

      Even they came from somewhere else.

    • Mergatroyd

      Thread winner. Don’t forget that the Siberian Natives were not the first peoples in North America, Solutreans from Europe came first, the archaeological evidence has become too hard to ignore, even if the lefties are trying to cover it up.

      Besides, they had nothing to do with the building and founding of what we know as America. No one is immigrating here because of them.

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Snowmass, Colorado also indicates the presence of Neanderthals before that, with that meat cache discovery. That site is 25,000 years older than the Solutrean discoveries around del Marva, etc.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Saying that Grandpa said they were here “Many moons ago” should be enough.

  • RHG

    A better response would have been “F-YOU”!!!

  • MBlanc46

    But the good senator can’t do anything to remedy the conditions face by the Amerinds. She can harass and bully the Redskins about their name.

  • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

    When the Skins finally do cave (and I’m sure it’s a “when” rather than an “if”) I’d like to offer a suggestion for their new name:

    • Mergatroyd

      Do you know where we can get one of those T-shirts? I had one when they first came out and wore it down to bare threads. The company ran out and then stopped making them, most likely due to pressure from the government.

      • Screamin_Ruffed_Grouse

        Sorry friend. If you find one, let me know.

  • TheCogitator

    Why not change the name to the Washington Mud Pies? That’s what most of the team are, and that is what the population of that city is.

  • willbest

    This is the Washington Redskins organization not the NFL proper

  • JohnEngelman

    Yay team!

  • AndrewInterrupted

    Yeah, I was saying the same thing over at the Daily Caller.
    Just some Hillary soldiers laying some 2016 propaganda pipe.

  • AndrewInterrupted

    The neo American women follows the cash scent. She’ll take they guy for everything he’s worth and raise the kids on her own, like the rest of them do. They won’t know who their daddy is.

  • dwpittelli

    Don’t forget that the name “Oklahoma” is derived from the Choctaw words okla and humma, meaning “red people.” So if I ran the Redskins, I’d promise to change the team name as soon as Oklahoma changed its name.

  • Carney3

    I had to sit through a stupid American Indian heritage month ceremony at work a few months ago. A professional whiner was the guest speaker and put the entire audience on the spot about the Redskins name. I refused to nod or raise my hand or whatever he was asking us to do to condemn it, and the next day made sure to wear my Redskins cap to work.


    Giving in to this is like paying blackmail: it will never end. Besides,

    Time and time again I have been accused of being on the “wrong side of history” … This linguistic fad has exploded in use lately as if history itself is the sole arbitrator of what is right and true. It is the weapon of utter dismissiveness that is boldly and routinely wielded by the Left.

    One should, in reality, not be interested in being on the “right side of history,” but on the right side of right and wrong.

    The most recent and sudden burst of Leftist momentum in the culture wars have Progressives engaging in histrionic vitriol on a massive scale. Progressives make the fundamental mistake of feeling that being in lockstep with, or creating, social fads and whims of popular opinion at this particular moment in history is equivalent of being on the “right side of history.” Nothing could be further from the truth.

    History is full of misguided ideological isms that seized the moment and manipulated cultures, societies, and circumstances all the while declaring themselves on the “right side of history.” The “right side of history” argument is an appeal to the authority of an imagined future that hasn’t even happened yet and an attempt to convince the opposition that resistance is futile while their agenda is inevitable. Few in our present generation fully realize that national socialism, fascism, Marxism, and even anarchism were each considered by a great number of people not that long ago the new, great, and inevitable ideology that would usher in a new utopian age. …

    “The Right Side Of History”
    By Dave Huntwork

    intellectualconservative . com/the-right-side-of-history/