This off-season, the idea of changing the Washington Redskins name became a hot topic. Some people, include myself, believe the Redskins name is offensive to Native Americans. Hoping to show that Native Americans are not offended by the term, the Redskins discussed their name with a local Native American. However, following the interview, Deadspin reported the man they interviewed was actually not a Native American. The idea of changing the Redskins name became so popular that it even hit the House floor, where the name was called ‘racist’ and ‘derogatory’.
Yesterday, another person added to the discussion on changing the Redskins name. Packers CEO Mark Murphy spoke to WSSP-AM on Tuesday and the idea of changing the Redskins name was discussed.
“I don’t know if there is any way you can change Redskins,” Packers CEO Mark Murphy told WSSP-AM.
“The owner, Dan Snyder, has come out very strong that he will never change the name. But I am sensitive. It’s a name that’s very derogatory to a lot of people.”
Murphy was a member of the Washington Redskins’ first Super Bowl roster. He also understands how it feels to play on a team that has a mascot that may offend Native Americans.
“When I was the athletic director at Colgate, their nickname was the Red Raiders,” Murphy told WSSP. “At some point in time, there was an Indian mascot. That went away. They kept the Red Raiders name. We studied it long and hard, got a lot of complaints, particularly from faculty on campus. But eventually changed it to just Raiders.”
The idea of changing the Redskins name may always be a debated idea that never comes to fruition.
Until owner Dan Snyder changes his mind about the name, nothing will change.