Harry Reid to Boycott Washington Redskins Home Games until Team Changes Name

Harry Reid
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There’s been a lot of discussion in recent months about whether the NFL’s Washington Redskins franchise should change its name, so as not to offend Native Americans.

The strongest case against a making a name change comes, oddly enough, from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

From the Associated Press:

Reid says he won’t attend a Washington Redskins home game until the football team changes its name.


In a letter Monday to the team’s president, Reid called the Redskins name a racial slur that disparages the American people. The Nevada Democrat, who said he represents 27 tribes in his state, rejected (Redskins President) Bruce Allen’s invitation to a Redskins home game until the team does the right thing and changes its name.

In May, half of the Senate wrote letters to the NFL urging a change in the team’s name. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed never to change the name.

Who knows – if all other politicians would join Reid’s boycott, the Washington Redskins might eclipse the Dallas Cowboys as “America’s Team.”

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