John McCain became the latest lawmaker to weigh in on the Washington Redskins name controversy, advising team owner Daniel Snyder that he should “probably change the name.” Appearing on Friday’s edition of the The Dan Patrick Show, a sports radio program, the Arizona senator encouraged Snyder to reach out to American-Indian groups to get their thoughts on the issue.
“If they think it’s that offensive and terrible, I would certainly — probably — I’m not the owner and he has the rights of an owner. But frankly I would probably change the name,” McCain said, according to CBS Sports. “Myself, I’m not offended; you’re not offended; but there are Native Americans who are.”
He pointed to his work in Indian Affairs in his state, and suggested that Snyder should follow his strategy in reaching out to the community. “If I were him, I’d have a dialogue,” he said.
While Snyder has vowed to “never” change the team’s name, he has recently taken other steps to try to quell calls for the name change, including last month’s creation of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, which will benefit American Indians. While Oneida Indian Nation, the lead group pushing for a name change, applauded Snyder’s efforts through the new foundation, it still called upon Snyder to rename the team.