OBITUARY: Washington Redskins 1932—2013
The Washington Redskins—a National Football League franchise known for its rabid fanbase, rancorous owner, and racist moniker—died today. The team was 81.
Long derided for the name Redskins, perceived as a racial slur, the team endured unrelenting criticism in recent years from Native Americans, sports journalists and the public at large.
Team owner Daniel Snyder infamously said this spring that “we will NEVER change the name. You can use all caps.” However, following a meeting held Wednesday between Snyder, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter, the Native American tribe called for sanctions against the team for the continued use of the name.
Halbritter cited NFL bylaws that authorize Goodell to take action “against any owner who is ‘guilty of conduct detrimental to the welfare of the League or professional football.’” He also noted that Goodell has enforced that rule for situations “far less egregious than the use of a racial epithet as a team’s name.”
Upon hearing that Goodell was taking Halbritter’s request under advisement, Snyder said, “Wait. They’re gonna takemoney from me? Fuck it. They can have the name. Kill it; kill it dead.”
The Redskins are survived by their players, coaching staff, three Super Bowl championships, and die-hard fans.
- October 31, 2013