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DC blackmails NFL Redskins over team name

Won't let them move back to DC unless they change to a PC name.

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The DC PC Police are trying to pressure NFL owner Dan Snyder to change the name of his football team from the Redskins to something they would deem appropriate. This is even though they don’t own the team and thus have no standing nor right to decide on the team name. Various knives were out for Snyder on Wednesday, but right now he is standing firm.

The threat? Change the name or play forever in Maryland. Hopefully, Snyder stays in Maryland.

The team wants to move to a new stadium in the future, but that move from Maryland to the RFK Stadium in D.C. hinges on Snyder caving and changing the team name, the press reported on Wednesday.

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Various liberal Democrats from the DC area, showing off their PC credentials, tried to pressure Snyder. “I call on Dan Snyder once again to face that reality, since he does still desperately want to be in the nation’s capital,” D.C.’s nonvoting House Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton said. “He has got a problem he can’t get around — and he particularly can’t get around it today, after the George Floyd killing.”

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He has no problem. The team has no problem. The fans have no problem. Even Indians have no problem. The only problem stems from authoritarians who want to impose their own twisted cultural views on others. “There is no viable path, locally or federally, for the Washington football team to return to Washington, D.C., without first changing the team name,” the DC vice mayor said.

Piling on, U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ) who is not from anywhere near DC, added nothing to the discussion by saying, “The time [for the name] has ended. There is no way to justify it. You either step into this century or you don’t. It’s up to the owner of the team to do that.”

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The Washington Redskins currently play at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. The stadium opened in 1997. The team has been the Redskins since 1933, when they changed their name from the Boston Braves to the Boston Redskins. The team then moved to the Washington area in 1937.

Skins coach Ron Rivera said, “It is a discussion for another time… I think it is all about the moment and the timing. I have my beliefs, I know what I think and I support the movements and support the players. I believe in what they’re doing, and again, I think that there are certain elements to certain things that it’s all about the timing and the best time to discuss those things.” That was confusing, at best. Though also, in an Eisenhower sense, very effective.

In related news, three letters signed by 87 different firms and shareholders asked Nike, FedEx, and PepsiCo to end their business relationships with the Redskins until the team decides to change its name, according to Adweek. In fair turnaround, would those firms change their names if the Skins asked them to?

The letters were sent by First Peoples Worldwide, Oneida Nation Trust Enrollment Committee, Trillium Asset Management, LLC, Boston Common Asset Management, LLC, Boston Trust Walden Mercy Investment Services, and First Affirmative Financial Network, according to reports, along with an additional 80 firms and trusts, all firms with likely little integrity and probably less competence.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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