Softening his previous stance where he in no uncertain terms stated: “We will never change the name of the team. 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…”, Daniel Snyder has apparently succumbed to pressure from both the mass media and several Native American activist groups and has agreed to rename the Washington Redskins beginning in the 2014 NFL season.
“As much as it pains me to say, 2013 will be the last year of the Washington Redskins name. Know that this change of heart did not come lightly. I have, after many thoughtful interactions with Oneida Nation and several other Native American groups, come to realize that Redskin is indeed a racial slur. I now recognize that it’s offensive, disparaging, and frankly a disgusting name. After several meetings with team officials, close friends, as well as my family and much conscious reflection, I completely understand that it’s time for a change. So in that spirit, as of August 1st, 2014, the NFL team that calls the District of Columbia it’s home will be known as the Washington Buffalo Jockeys.”
Snyder continued, “I feel like the new name really honors the Native American tradition while still poking fun at them, albeit in a much less offensive way. Sure, I considered the Washington Tee-Pee Squatters as well as the Washington Alcoholics, but I’m really trying to embrace this racial sensitivity nonsense.”
When pressed if he had considered simply naming the team without the intention of debasing Native Americans, Snyder responded “Why the hell would I do that?”