ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

Sponsored By: Two Men and a Truck
partly-cloudy-tstorms-day
82°
Partly Cloudy
H 89° L 77°
  • partly-cloudy-tstorms-day
    82°
    Current Conditions
    Partly Cloudy. H 89° L 77°
  • cloudy-day
    85°
    Evening
    Partly Cloudy. H 89° L 77°
  • cloudy-day
    78°
    Morning
    Mostly Cloudy. H 91° L 78°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest top stories

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest traffic report

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest forecast

00:00 | 00:00

Sports
Sportswriters outraged by defense of Redskins' name
Close

Sportswriters outraged by defense of Redskins' name

Sportswriters outraged by defense of Redskins' name
Photo Credit: Patrick Semansky
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III passes the ball during the first half against the Philadelphia Eagles in Landover, Md.

Sportswriters outraged by defense of Redskins' name

Eleven-time National Sportswriter of the Year Rick Reilly jumped headfirst into a long-standing racial debate with a column he published Wednesday evening.

The article serves as a defense of the name of NFL team the Washington Redskins, which has been in contention for years. The first protest of the name came in the 1960s, and it continues today. (Via Washington Redskins)

Reilly quotes one of his in-laws who is Native American who isn’t upset by the name. “The name just doesnt bother me much. Its an issue that shouldnt be an issue.” (Via ESPN)

He also cites several schools that have “Redskins” as a mascot and have a majority Native American population.

Recently, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell weighed in on the issue, saying: “We have to listen. … If one person is offended, we have to listen.” (Via CBS)

Reilly used Goodell’s statement in his argument as well, writing: “One person? I know an atheist who is offended by religious names like the New Orleans Saints. … There are people who think Wizards promotes paganism. Shall we listen to all of them?” (Via YouTube / SportsSpectrumMag)

But the real gem of the article was saved for the end, an analogy that for many just went a little too far. 

“For the majority of Native Americans who dont care, well care for them. … Trust us. We know whats best. Well take this away for your own good, and put up barriers that protect you from ever being harmed again. Kind of like a reservation.”

And responses to that little paragraph have been swift. 

“Like a poop in the pool, I think I’m just going to let that sit there and speak for itself.” (Via The Nation)

“The railroading of Native Americans into reservations … is one of our nation’s biggest embarrassments. Reilly uses it as a (expletive) punch line.” (Via Kissing Suzy Kolber)

“Haha! Because we stole their land and moved them across a continent. Good one, Rick.” (Via Twitter / @stefenjbecket)

Despite the vehement disapproval by Reilly’s colleagues, Americans across the country, according to one poll, don’t feel so strongly. 

“This spring, an Associated Press poll of more than 1,000 people found 79 percent of Americans favor keeping the name Redskins.” (Via ESPN)

But critics argue you can’t ask the offender what offends the offended, so the debate continues. 

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

The Latest News Headlines

  • Tyler Swantek, 24, was already in custody on drug charges when police tacked on a first-degree murder charge. Police said he killed his father, Todd Swantek, and left the corpse on the couch for weeks. The Standard-Speaker reported that Swantek allegedly shot his father in the head with a rifle. >> Read more trending news Police reportedly were called to the scene in Frackville, Pennsylvania, in late May by a friend of Todd Swantek’s, who had not heard from the father for a month. When police entered the house, they found a gruesome scene: The badly decomposed body was on the couch, covered in blankets and a sleeping bag, the Standard-Speaker reported. Police said they searched the house and found the rifle, which they believe to be the murder weapon, in Tyler Swantek’s bedroom. There were a number of candles and air fresheners in the house, apparently put out in an attempt to mask the smell, the Standard-Speaker reported. Police said that when they interviewed Tyler Swantek about his father’s death, he showed no emotion. An autopsy report suggested that the body may have been on the couch for months before it was discovered. Swantek appeared in court where he asked for reduced bail for drug charges, but the judge didn’t agree to the deal. The judge reportedly said, “He’s a danger to himself and society.” Read more here.
  • A 5-year-old Massachusetts boy whose story gained national attention when he learned he was getting a long-awaited heart transplant has died. Ari Schultz was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome and had to undergo two heart surgeries before he was even born. Earlier this year, after waiting nearly 200 days for a new heart, the family learned Ari would be getting one. >> Read more trending news On June 16, Ari came home from the hospital. On Thursday morning, the family posted on its Facebook page that Ari was taken to the emergency room for a seizure. After over a half-hour of CPR, he was placed on life support in the cardiac intensive care unit. The family posted on Friday evening that Ari passed away peacefully while listening to the Red Sox. Ari has two siblings, his sister Lexi and his brother Eli. 
  • Multiple people were found dead early Sunday inside a semi-trailer in the parking lot of a San Antonio Walmart. >> Read more trending news >> Click here or scroll down for more
  • White House press secretary Sean Spicer resigned from his post Friday morning, six months and one day after taking the position. >> Read more trending news In a message posted to Twitter Friday afternoon, Spicer said he will continue to serve as press secretary through August. >> Related: Sean Spicer resigns: A look at his 6 months as White House press secretary “It's been an honor (and) a privilege to serve (President Donald Trump and) this amazing country,” he wrote. Deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will take over his duties, newly named White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said at a news briefing Friday. Spicer’s resignation came in opposition to Scaramucci’s appointment, The New York Times reported.

The Latest News Videos