Kevin Johnson: New Name for Redskins ‘Should Strongly Be Considered’
By Dave Jamieson
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said that Redskins owner Dan Snyder should think about giving his football team a new name.
“I think it should strongly be considered,” Johnson, a former NBA point guard, said on “NBC’s Meet the Press.” “I think the Native American community and many others feel that’s not the right name going forward, and I think the NBA set a great example that you can act swiftly and decisively.”
Johnson wasn’t the first political figure to suggest that Snyder should take a cue from the NBA, which quickly moved to ban Clippers owner Donald Sterling from the league for life after his racist comments came to light. Last week, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took to the Senate floor to argue that Washington needs a team name that doesn’t denigrate Native Americans.
Snyder has said emphatically that he won’t change the team name, once telling USA Today that the paper could quote him on the matter in capital letters. Under mounting pressure, however, Snyder has tried to show his concern for the Native American community, recently launching a charity organization for the community’s benefit.