Washington, DC, United States (4E Sports) – Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder do not see the point of changing his team’s name, which stands for honor and respect to Native Americans.
June this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office cancelled the team’s trademark appeals.
It was a 2-1 ruling stating that the team name is “disparaging to Native Americans.”
A number of politicians, including President Barack Obama called for Snyder to change the team’s name.
In an interview with ESPN’s “Outside the Line,” Snyder defended the Redskins moniker.
He spoke about William Henry “Lone Star” Dietz, the team’s first ever coach to which the name Redskins was derived from, to honor his Native American roots.
Snyder also mentioned Walter “Blackie” Wetzel, who contributed to the logo design and its approval.
Wetzel is a former president of the National Congress of American Indians and chairman of the Blackfeet Nation.
They were used by Snyder as references to show historical positivity towards the team’s nickname.
Snyder told ESPN, “It’s just historical truths, and I’d like them to understand, as I think most do, that the name really means honor, respect.”
He also defended the Redskins’ celebration chant which is sung after every touchdown.
When Snyder was asked what a Redskin is, he answered, “A Redskin is a football player. A Redskin is our fans. The Washington Redskins fan base represents honor, represents respect, represents pride.”
Snyder stated the context of honoring the Native American heritage is obvious with the Redskins.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell supported Snyder’s stand and is not pressuring the team owner.