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Collinsworth Joins Call For Redskins Name Change After Announcing "SNF" Game
Published October 17, 2013
ALL IN THE TIMING: DC-based WNEW-FM's Chris Lingebach reported the "latest to make his pro-Redskins sentiments known" was SiriusXM host Chris Russo, who "vehemently argued to keep the name on his satellite radio show on Tuesday, in a debate" with SI's Peter King. Russo asked King, "Where were you ten years ago? Or where were you fifteen years ago? Why now all of a sudden has it dawned on you that the name might be offensive?" King said, "I wouldn’t say that it dawned on me all of a sudden. It’s something that, as I said, over the last two or three years, gradually, I have come to dislike. I just don’t like it because it seems offensive." King added of The MMQB, "If I didn’t have this site, if I were still working at Sports Illustrated as just a writer for the magazine, would I have taken this stand? I can’t tell you. All I know is that having my own site gave me more of the ability to say 'I’m not going to do this.'" King: "Having an open mind has allowed me to think about this often over the years, and whereas, I used to write it and not really like writing it but just wrote it and put it out of my mind, I just decided I wasn’t going to do it anymore." Russo and King over the course of the next six minutes "would volley back-and-forth passionately over an array of nuances commonly associated with the issue" (CBSLOCAL.com, 10/15).