After More Than 30 Years at NBC, Bob Costas Bravely Discusses Redskins Name ‘Controversy’

Posted by on Oct 14, 2013 at 7:47 am

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.


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8 Responses to “After More Than 30 Years at NBC, Bob Costas Bravely Discusses Redskins Name ‘Controversy’”

  1. gitarcarver on 14/14/13 at 10:39 am

    Costas did mention the Braves and the Indians in his piece and displayed those teams’ logos.

    He also mentioned college teams that had changed their names but left out the fact they changed them under the threat of action from the NCAA thereby leaving the impression the schools were reasonable, understanding institutions while the Redskins are evil.

  2. Sphynx on 14/14/13 at 11:13 am

    Yep, and the Buccaneers were such a politically correct, liberal bunch back in the day.

    OOOOOhhh, those Packers, named after the meat packers of the Great Lakes area. Peta will have something to say about that name, along with the umpteen thousand vegetarian football fans.

    I still like the Rush Limbaugh football picks based on the same type of ‘analysis’ of football teams’ names.

  3. Sphynx on 14/14/13 at 11:16 am

    How about we rename them the Washington Bloviating Perverts, for the bloviating perverts who inhabit the halls of power in Wash, D.C. ?

  4. Dave on 14/14/13 at 12:00 pm

    I guess he didn’t bother to talk to real American Indians, like Rick Reilly, ESPN, did. Rick’s father-in-law is a Blackfoot, and Rick also spoke to several Indian high schools who are proud of their Indian names. IMO, just another case of a liberal who knows so much that just isn’t true, creating a problem for attention and profit, even though it is a lie.

  5. Bruce on 14/14/13 at 12:02 pm

    I think Washington should change the team name to one more intimidating.

    The Washington IRS/NSA/ATF Agents.

  6. Sean on 14/14/13 at 1:01 pm

    Call them the Washington Rebels, colors pewter and black with a big ol’ Dixie flag as the emblem, Mr. Snyder.

  7. aj4coco on 14/14/13 at 3:11 pm

    Dave, do some further research into Reilly’s comments, and his father-in-law’s response. His FIL says Reilly misquoted him, and that he doesn’t support the name.

    That said, Please, Costas, shut up and talk about the game. I’m tired of your pontificating. We don’t watch football for editorials.