A day after the National Basketball Association imposed a
lifetime ban on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for
bigoted remarks, Reid called on the NFL to make Redskins owner
Daniel Snyder relent to decades of criticism and come up with a new
"I with almost all of America applaud the NBA's work to swiftly
stamp out bigotry in its ranks," said Reid, a Nevada Democrat who
has 22 tribal organizations in his state.
"I wonder today," Reid added, standing in the Senate, if "the NFL,
that money-making machine," took notice of the NBA's actions.
"How long will the NFL continue to do nothing, zero, as one of its
teams bears a name that inflicts so much pain on Native Americans,"
The word "redskins" is often defined as a racial slur.
But since 1937, it has been the name of Washington's American
football team, which has a history of bigotry, dating back to being
one of the last teams in the 1960s to sign a black player.
Over the years, there have been repeated calls for the team to
change its name. But Snyder has refused, saying he sees the name as
a salute to Native Americans, not a slur against them.
Besides, Snyder has said, it's part of Washington's tradition.
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"It is untoward of Daniel Snyder to try to hide behind tradition,"
Reid said. "A tradition of racism is all that name leaves in its
Reid said it is time for National Football League Commissioner Roger
Goodell "to act" and "remove this hateful term from your league's
vocabulary and rid the league of racism and bigotry."
"Your fans will support it," Reid said.
(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro; editing by Frank Pingue)
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