Al Michaels: ‘Dan Snyder will change Redskins name over his dead body’
The Washington Redskins’ name change debate seems to be turning into a never ending cycle. Various people have called for the name to be changed calling it ‘offensive’ and ‘insulting’ towards Native Americans.
Recently, a commercial was aired during Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night that attacked the Redskins. Former Denver Broncos and Washongton Redskins cornerback Champ Bailey also compared it to the ‘N-word’ and should be changed.
Al Michaels, the play-by-play analyst for NBC Sports’ NFL coverage has waded into the debate, but not on the side of those demanding change. Michaels was on ‘Jim Rome on Showtime’ this past Wednesday and he said that no issue had been made on the nae for seventy years.
“It seems to me as if he is going to hold on,” Michaels said. “I mean, all of a sudden, I mean for 70-some odd years this was a zero issue. And then it became an issue? I understand that we live in this politically correct environment, it’s crazier than ever. Senators want to weigh in on this? Like there’s nothing else to do in Congress, this became an issue?”
When you consider that baseball’s Cleveland Indians also have an inappropriate name (by today’s politically correct standards, they’re not called ‘indians’ anymore), and no one is making a fuss about them, it really doesn’t make a lot of sense.
Michaels went on to add that Redskins’ owner and the man who has the power to change the name, Dan Snyder, has said it will happen over ‘my dead body’.
“And I do know, I’ve talked to Snyder about it — not recently, but when we were in Washington last year — and he basically said, ‘Over my dead body.’ ”
You have to respect Snyder for sticking to his guns and not bowing to so much national pressure.
H/T: For The Win