Washington Redskins respond to Harry Reid, set record straight

By Lynn R. Mitchell

On Friday afternoon Bruce Allen, president of the Washington Redskins football team, sent a latter to Harry Reid in response to Reid’s latest call on Thursday for the Redskins to change their name. The letter basically said “butt out” and made the case for why the Redskins should keep the name (see Letter from President Bruce Allen).

Reid was one of 50 Democratic senators who signed the letter because, as we all know, the country is perking along just fine and we have no financial issues, economic distress, or questions about Benghazi and the deaths of Americans. No, it’s more important for Harry Reid et al to spend their time and concern themselves with meddling in a private business and worry about the name of a football team. The term MYOB comes to mind. Or maybe, “Get back to work.”

The letter noted that team owner Dan Snyder recently toured native American locations in 20 states. The response?

“On every occasion, we were warmly received by tribal leaders and members alike, and it is those personal visits that reaffirmed for us what Native Americans need is genuine support and to be provided with opportunities, not diversionary discussions about the name of a football team.”

The Richmond Times-Dispatch also has coverage (see Redskins respond to U.S. senators by Michael Phillips).

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