Two Hall of Famer Washington Redskins believe the team should consider changing its name if there is significant outcry from the Native American community.
“It deserves and warrants conversation because somebody is saying, ‘Hey, this offends me,’” defensive back Darrell Green told a local radio station, adding the change should be “seriously considered.” Wide receiver Art Monk echoed those comments, saying “[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’?”
Green expressed concern that the controversy over the name would result in a legal battle. ”Unfortunately in this country, conversations mean legal, dollars, suits,” Green said.
Green and Monk are the most prominent former Redskins player to weigh in on the controversy since Joe Theismann stood by the name earlier this year. All three players are highly regarded in the franchise’s history, having won Super Bowls with the team in the 1980s. While no current player has explicitly addressed the name change, in April quarterback Robert Griffin III tweeted, “In a land of freedom we are held hostage by the tyranny of political correctness.”
Although team owner Dan Snyder has said he will “never” change the name, the debate has attracted national attention, including from members of Congress and local politicians.