WASHINGTON – The Washington Redskins’ nickname was back in the spotlight over the weekend as NBC sportscaster Bob Costas sounded off during halftime of Sunday’s game.
Costas used his halftime commentary during the Redskins-Cowboys clash to give his thoughts on the moniker, which he called an “insult.”
Costas said that even though polls show Native Americans support the name “Redskins” and there’s no reason to believe team owner Dan Snyder wants to disrespect Native Americans, the name should be changed.
He said while other team names like the Chicago Blackhawks and Florida State Seminoles can be “problematic,” they can still be OK if the symbols are respectful. He added that “Redskins” differs from other teams that have more positive Native American imagery, like the Atlanta Braves or Kansas City Chiefs.