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Wizards help fight against ‘the R-word’

"The use of the 'R-word,' which is 'retarded,' is a derogatory word, a dehumanizing word," says Steve Hocker, president of Special Olympics District of Columbia.

WASHINGTON — Debate continues over whether Washington’s football team should drop the name “Redskins,” but it’s another “R” word that some local professional athletes want everyone to quit using.

“The use of the ‘R word,’ which is ‘retarded,’ is a derogatory word, a dehumanizing word,” says Steve Hocker, president of @WTOP and @WTOPSports on Twitter and WTOP on Facebook. .