Washington’s professional football team will be called the Redskins regardless of whether that nickname maintains legal trademark protection, team owner Daniel Snyder told USA Today this week.
“We will never change the name of the team,” the paper quoted Snyder as saying. “As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it’s all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season.
“We’ll never change the name,” he said later. “It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”
Snyder declined to engage in a conversation about the team name Wednesday afternoon during a media session at a downtown hotel.
Some American Indians are so offended by the term “Redskins,” which they consider to be a racial slur, they spearheaded an ongoing lawsuit attempting to strip trademark protection of the name on the grounds it is offensive.
Americans still widely support the nickname, according to an Associated Press report last week that cites the results of an AP-GfK poll.
The survey indicated 79 percent of Americans favor keeping the name. Eleven percent believe the name should be changed; 8 percent were unsure; and 2 percent didn’t answer, according to the report.