The Washington Redskins’ nickname is meant to represent only the football team, owner Daniel Snyder said, and is not meant to hurt anybody.
In an excerpt of an ESPN interview aired Tuesday, Snyder was asked what a Redskin is. His response:
“A Redskin is a football player. A Redskin is our fans. The Washington Redskins fan base represents honor, represents respect, represents pride. Hopefully winning. And it’s a positive. Taken out of context, you can take things out of context all over the place. But in this particular case, it is what it is. It’s very obvious.”
Asked to explain his rigid position on keeping the nickname, Snyder mentioned William “Lone Star” Dietz, the coach of the team from 1933-34 and inspiration for the nickname, and reiterated it was never meant as a slur.
“I’d like them to understand, as I think most do, [that] the name really means honor, respect,” Snyder said in the interview. “We sing ‘Hail to the Redskins.’ We don’t say hurt anybody. We sing ‘Hail to the Redskins, braves on the warpath, fight for old D.C.’ We only sing it when we score touchdowns; that’s the problem because last season we didn’t sing it quite enough as we would have liked to.”