The mayor of Washington, D.C., would like the the Washington Redskins to consider changing their name.
Mayor Vincent C. Gray suggested Wednesday there would have to be a controversial prerequisite to any stadium deal in Washington: the Redskins changing their name, or at least discussion of a possible change, the Washington Post reported.
The Redskins name has been under fire for decades for being what is often considered a “racial slur.”
The team, under the ownership of both Jack Kent Cooke and Daniel M. Snyder, has resisted making a change, the paper reported.
“I think that if they get serious with the team coming back to Washington, there’s no doubt there’s going to have to be a discussion about that,” he said after a news conference, “and of course the team is going to have to work with us around that issue.”
Gray noted that many sports teams, including the Washington Bullets, have discarded offensive names and/or mascots.
“I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would be love to be able to sit down with the team … and see if a change should be made,” he said. “There’s a precedent for this, and I think there needs to be a dispassionate discussion about this, and do the right thing.”
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