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Controversy!NFL

San Francisco Chronicle Latest Newspaper To Dump ‘Redskins’ Nickname


Daniel Snyder met with Roger Goodell today and reportedly said that he still has no plans to change the ‘Redskins’ nickname. Even as: 1. Pressure mounts to change it, 2. The team continues to lose, 3. Newspapers and other sports sources are refusing to use it, 4. The whole thing is making him look like an ass.

The latest? The San Francisco Chronicle will not be referring to Washington’s NFL team by its nickname. That’s according to a report by NBCSports. The Chronicle has not made an announcement, but NBC’s Pro Football Talk says that a communication within the organization ordered the nickname banned.

The tipping point for the Chronicle may have come two weeks ago, in Callie Millner’s editorial ‘Redskins name doomed to dustbin of history.’ In it, she recalls the story of a couple she knows, of Cheyenne and Arapaho descent, who attended their first Washington Redskins game, about 40 years ago. Many fans, said the couple, could not resist :poking” and “touching” them, and stroking their hair: in other words, treating them like mascots, and not people. She too believes the nickname should go.

Millner’s is a poignant and well-reasoned argument, and the Chronicle must have agreed.

The Kansas City Star (ironically, considering the “Chiefs”), Slate.com, and of course SportsGrid, have also stopped using the nickname in game reporting.

The 49ers play Washington on Nov. 25. Be sure to check in on SFgate.com after that one.


  • OhPleaseEnoughAlready

    88% of indians polled are NOT offended. I AM offended by the PC crowd who thinks Redskins is Offensive.. it is a tribute to a fierce warrior you stupid stupid people……. did I stress your stupidity enough? stupid! The media can say what they want, fans will always call them the Redskins no matter any name changes that may happen…

  • Falafel

    But the internets say I should be enraged. Can I haz some more rage please?

  • Ted Tidwell

    Newsflash…a majority of people still don’t care.

  • Anonymous

    What next? Animal names.

  • bc puckett

    So this PC bimbo writes an article about two “friends” of hers who were mistreated by a bunch of drunks at a game 40 years ago and this fishwrap, after I’m sure diligently checking her “sources”, is so moved it decided to stop using the name Redskins,in a paper published 3000 miles away. Another classic example of why newspapers are dying.

    BTW that’s a really impressive list of “media outlets” that have stopped using the name. I’m sure Daniel Snyder is terrified. Whose next the Daily Planet?


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