Champ Bailey joins the list of those calling for Redskins name change
Washington's former first-round draft pick says the racial insensitivity of the word is reason enough to change the team name.
Champ Bailey is speaking his mind.
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By Sid Saraf
Champ Bailey wore a Redskins uniform during the first five years of his illustrious 16-year career. Now with the Saints, the cornerback is calling for Washington owner Daniel Snyder to change the team name.
"When you hear a Native American say that 'Redskins' is degrading, it's almost like the N-word for a black person," Bailey said to USA Today. "If they feel that way, then it's not right. They are part of this country. It's degrading to a certain race. Does it makes sense to have the name?"
Now, Snyder and others in the Redskins organization have tried to claim that the name actually honors Native Americans, but Bailey isn't buying that at all.
"I don't know where the name came from or how it came about, but the bottom line is that it's still there in this day and age, and it makes no sense to have it," Bailey said. "I love that organization, but when it starts peeling off old scabs and people are pitching a fit about it because it's degrading to them, then you've got to make a change."
Snyder has stood firm in his stance, however.
"I get it, (Snyder) doesn't want to change it," Bailey said. "But he's making it worse than it should be."
The list of those calling for a name change continues to grow. How much longer will Daniel Snyder hold out?