''We urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports,''
Washington Redskins' owner Daniel Snyder has refused to change the name of the team despite mounting pressure from several sources, including President Barack Obama, lawmakers, and civil rights groups. The team has been known as the Redskins since 1933 and Snyder has often cited the team's rich history as reason not to bend to outside pressure.
The NFL responded quickly to the letter, with spokesmen Brian McCarthy releasing the following statement:
''The intent of the team's name has always been to present a strong, positive and respectful image,'' McCarthy said. ''The name is not used by the team or the NFL in any other context, though we respect those that view it differently.''
Whatever the outcome, it's obvious the issue isn't going away. However, one thing is obvious, the NFL is firmly in support of the Redskins team name, at least, for now.
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