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With Redskins Debate Heating Up, Washington Post Editorial Board Stops Using Moniker
Published August 25, 2014
TJ COULD TAKE A STAND: ESPN's Tom Jackson said he may "follow suit" and join NBC's Tony Dungy and CBS' Phil Simms in trying to avoid using the Redskins name on air. Jackson said, "It’s hard for me to believe that Native Americans see that as a term of endearment and respect. ... I don’t have the right to tell Native Americans what’s insulting to them. I don’t have the right to do that. And I don’t think that anybody’s who’s not Native American can tell Native Americans what’s insulting to them" (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 8/22). Meanwhile, ESPN's Mike Ditka last week indicated he did not support changing the Redskins moniker, but on Friday he admitted that he "would be willing to change his stance on the term 'if an American Indian says it’s offensive.'" Ditka: "If an American Indian says it’s offensive, that’s fine. I’m all for changing it. But I don’t want some liberal to come out and say, ‘this is wrong.’ It isn’t wrong" (SUNTIMES.com, 8/22).
SILENCE IS GOLDEN? In N.Y., Bob Raissman reports he "attempted to speak with Simms" regarding his stance, but Simms' rep, "without expanding, said he was 'unavailable.'" Simms and Dungy have "never met a microphone or camera they didn’t like," but in the "wake of their statements they went into mummy mode." Raissman: "Simms and Dungy probably believe they made their point. Or maybe the NFL, and or CBS/NBC, told them to lower the burner" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 8/25).