Government pressuring Dan Snyder to change Redskins name

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Pressure for owner Dan Snyder to change the Washington Redskins name has been turned up a notch by the federal government.

According to a press release (via, 10 members of the United States Congress — Tom Cole (OK), Betty McCollum (MN), Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ), Gwen Moore (WI), Michael M. Honda (CA), Donna M. Christensen (VI), Zoe Lofgren (CA), Barbara Lee (CA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC) and Eni F.H.Faleomavaega (AS) — are hoping to gain enough momentum to finally get Snyder to bring an end the use of a moniker many consider racist.

The name ‘Redskins’ has been the team’s since 1933, when the franchise played its games at Fenway Park in Boston.

Snyder grew up a Washington Redskins fan and has vehemently denied any and all requests to even consider anything new.

Whether or not the full weight of the American government actually makes any sort of difference remains to be seen. If Snyder has his way, nothing is going to change, that’s for sure.

[H/T SB Nation]

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