The Washington Redskins are currently battling mounting pressure to change their controversial team name. The team is being hit by lawsuits by Native Americans groups that claim the name is offensive and everybody from President Obama all the way down to media outlets, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Redskins own players such as Fred Davis agree that it may be time to consider finding a new team name. But team owner, and many Redskins fans, are holding on to tradition and saying that hell will freeze over before they remove the prominent Native American face and feathers from the helmet.
Snyder wrote a long open letter to fans defending why the team name isn’t racist and why it will remain saying:
I respect the opinions of those who disagree. I want them to know that I do hear them, and I will continue to listen and learn. But we cannot ignore our 81 year history, or the strong feelings of most of our fans as well as Native Americans throughout the country. After 81 years, the team name “Redskins” continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come.
We are Redskins Nation and we owe it to our fans and coaches and players, past and present, to preserve that heritage.
READ THE ENTIRE LETTER BELOW AND GIVE YOUR THOUGHTS