Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was asked if he would ever consider changing the name of his team.
“We will never change the name of the team,” Snyder told USA TODAY Sports this week. “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.”
Snyder was then asked if he’d change the name if they lose their ongoing federal case.
“We’ll never change the name,” he said. “It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”
Later Thursday, USA TODAY Sports will publish a story about Amanda Blackhorse, who is Navajo and the named plaintiff in the trademark suit. She said if she ever had the chance, she’d ask Snyder if he would dare to call her a redskin to her face.
“I think the best way is to just not comment on that type of stuff,” Snyder said. “I don’t know her.”
I appreciate Snyder giving his thoughts on the situation. It would also be great if he would sit down with the Native Americans that he’s offending. But he clearly doesn’t have the courage to do so.