City Desk

Dan Snyder: Nope, Still Not Changing the Team’s Name

Washington Pigskins owner Dan Snyder has softened his tone since declaring he would "NEVER" change the football team's "usually offensive" name, but the dogged billionaire doesn't seem any closer to actually doing anything about it.

Snyder wrote a letter to fans today, which was posted on the team's website and emailed out, explaining why he believes the team's name shouldn't be changed even though it is, by definition, a racial slur against Native Americans.

Our franchise has a great history, tradition and legacy representing our proud alumni and literally tens of millions of loyal fans worldwide. We have participated in some of the greatest games in NFL history, and have won five World Championships. We are proud of our team and the passion of our loyal fans. Our fans sing “Hail to the [Pigskins]” in celebration at every [Pigskins] game. They speak proudly of “[Pigskins] Nation” in honor of a sports team they love.

So when I consider the Washington [Pigskins] name, I think of what it stands for. I think of the Washington [Pigskins] traditions and pride I want to share with my three children, just as my father shared with me—and just as you have shared with your family and friends.

I respect the opinions of those who disagree. I want them to know that I do hear them, and I will continue to listen and learn. But we cannot ignore our 81 year history, or the strong feelings of most of our fans as well as Native Americans throughout the country. After 81 years, the team name “[Pigskins]” continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come.

We are [Pigskins] Nation and we owe it to our fans and coaches and players, past and present, to preserve that heritage.

Snyder's letter comes days after President Barack Obama said if he owned the team, he'd consider changing the name.

On Monday, the Oneida Indian Nation organized a symposium, with Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Rep. Betty McCollum on the panel, that discussed why the team name was so detrimental to the community and Native Americans. Norton said she did not expect the name to last much longer.

Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritten issued a press release in response to Snyder's letter:

"In the spirit of the dialogue that Mr. Snyder says he is willing to engage in, we are inviting him to join the NFL delegation in its upcoming meeting at our Homelands. During his visit, we will organize a special meeting of Oneida Nation families where Mr. Snyder can personally explain to them why he believes they deserve to be called "redskins." He can then hear directly from them why that term is so painful.”

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  • John Drum

    I'm not a Dan Snyder fan by any means and would find it hard to justify maintaining a racist name in any circumstance. However, I'm just so tired of (usually) white sports writers and journalists expressing more outrage than a group of publicity seekers trying to draw attention to themselves. Why else does this issue only come up whenever the Redskins (yes, I said it) are competitive, which has not been often in the last twenty years. It would appear from many credible surveys that most Native Americans are not offended or don't care about the Washington Redskins (yes, I said it again) team name. If that is no longer the case then it's a different story but until then grow up and shove your "Pigskins" where the sun doesn't shine because I am done with your publication.

  • noodlez

    SNYDER IS AN ASSHOLE! WE ALL KNOW THAT HOWEVER THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS IS DC AND DC IS THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS AS HE STATED. SEPARATE THE TWO. RESIGN YOURSELF TO THE FACT THAT THE REDSKINS NAME IS ONLY WHAT IT IS A NAME AND NOT SOME NEGATIVE DEPICTION OF A PROUD PEOPLE.

    A NAME CHANGE WILL AMOUNT ONLY TO A NAME CHANGE. IT WILL NOT AFFECT THE TERRIBLE ATROCITIES THAT PLAGUE THIS COUNTRY, THIS CITY AND THE NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY.

    IT'S TIME TO LEAVE OUR TEAM BE!
    LET IT GO AND MOVE ON BESIDES IT'S DALLAS WEEK.
    WE NEED TO FOCUS ALL OUR ENERGY ON THEM COWBAMMAS TO RIGHT OUR SHIP.

    SKINS FAN FOR LIFE.
    HTTR!

  • S.E.

    "Our Team??? How 'bout they drop the Washington from the name? They don't do SHIT here!!!!!

  • Izzy

    If they need to change the name of the team, then the state of Oklahoma needs to be changed as well.

    After all, Oklahoma means Red Skinned People in the Choctaw language.

    So... you can't name a team after the color of indigenous people's skin, but you can name a State after the color of indigenous people's skin?

  • drez

    Agree with S.E.
    It's not a Washington team.
    Folks should feel free to root for Baltimore, or even Dallas.
    Better yet, DC United.

  • Julius Streicher

    Your letter to the Redskin's Nation is so much bullshit it is hard to know where to begin. You want to defend that epithet based upon tradition and heritage? Using your reaction to a certain newspaper story where you claimed anti-Semitism and filed a lawsuit, I wager you would not hesitate to take corrective action if the team’s name were “The Washington Kikes.” There is a tradition and heritage behind that highly offensive taboo term for a Jew. This term, Kike, reminds some of whom they are and where they want to be. If you cannot do the correct thing because you are so fucking arrogant and an ass whole to the core, let me appeal to another part of your character. If you change the name you not only get instant collector items (all the old team merchandise), but there will be a frenzy for the new items. Guess what and here is the appeal to that other part of your character, you get to make more money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • noodlez

    @DOWNTOWN RESIDENTIAL-SLIM YOU SHOULD BE BANNED SPOUTING THAT FLEM FLARN FILTH!

    ALL YALL BAMMAS ARE WACK.

  • Typical DC BS

    Agree with noodlez 100%.

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