by Jason Butt
June 11, 02014
A former Washington player has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the Redskins nickname.
Champ Bailey, now with the New Orleans Saints, told USA Today that it's time for Washington owner Dan Snyder to change the team's name. Bailey believes the term Redskins is a slur and offensive to Native Americans, and therefore stated that Snyder and the organization are making matters worse by prolonging the inevitable.
“When you hear a Native American say that ‘Redskins’ is degrading, it’s almost like the N-word for a black person,” Bailey told the newspaper. “If they feel that way, then it’s not right. They are part of this country. It’s degrading to a certain race. Does it make sense to have the name?”
Bailey was drafted by Washington in 1999 and spent his first five years there, before being traded to Denver. In his career, he's totaled 699 tackles and 52 tackles. He'll likely be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.
And that's what makes his condemnation of Washington's nickname that more meaningful. Here's a current NFL player that once was a member of the organization stating that it's time to make a change. Snyder and general manager Bruce Allen may not like to hear these things but reality in today's times should be sinking in for them.
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