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US Attorney General Calls for Redskins to Change Name

US Attorney General Eric Holder called the Redskins' team name offensive over the weekend



    We’ve been watching from afar as the Washington Redskins’ nickname controversy unfolds, and while the latest bit of news on that front is just more talk, the source of that talk is fairly interesting.

    US Attorney General Eric Holder threw his hat in the ring over the weekend on ABC’s “This Week,” going a step further than President Barack Obama--who has said, quite noncommittally, that the team should consider a name change--and suggesting that the name change is an “obvious” call.

    "I'm going to speak very personally now," Holder said, via "The name ought to be changed. It's an offensive name. The Redskins, that organization is a great one. It's a team with a storied history that has huge amounts of support in Washington, D.C., and in the 21st century they could increase their fan base, increase their level of support, if they did something that from my perspective that is so obviously right."

    Holder’s remarks may further the discussion to some extent, but it remains just a discussion. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has dug his heels in on the issue, saying he’ll never change the name, and Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t exactly applied any pressure--meaning for now, for good or ill, it looks like the name will be around awhile.

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