Little Bobby Costas has been covering NFL games in some capacity dating back to the early 1980s. In that entire time he’s never uttered a peep about the so-called controversy involving the name Washington Redskins. But his pal Obama stuck his nose into the story last week, so now it’s time for the tiny troublemaker to weigh in.
Bob Costas of NBC Sports waded into the controversy over the Washington Redskins nickname Sunday night, devoting a commentary to the topic at halftime of the nationally televised game between the Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys.
“Think for a moment about the term ‘Redskins’ and how it truly differs from [other team nicknames based on Native American images],” Costas said. “Ask yourself what the equivalent would be, if directed [at] African-Americans. Hispanics. Asians. Or members of any other ethnic group. When considered that way, ‘Redskins’ can’t possibly honor a heritage, or a noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term.
“It is an insult, a slur, no matter now benign the present-day intent,” Costas continued.
The Redskins were playing for the first time since President Barack Obama told the Associated Press in an interview last weekend that he would “think about” changing the name if he owned the team. Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who has previously vowed never to change the name, responded by sending a letter to season ticket holders claiming that the name was “never a label. It was, and continues to be, a badge of honor.”
Not a word about the Cleveland Indians or Atlanta Braves. Way to man up, Bobby.
— JackStandsHisGround (@jackmcoldcuts) October 14, 2013