Back in October, President Barack Obama weighed in on the Washington Redskins name debate, saying that nostalgia shouldn’t prevent a team from changing a name that offends people.
Now Harry Reid has joined in, reportedly calling Redskins owner Dan Snyder "short-sighted" with regard to the controversy that has enveloped his team this season.
The Senate Majority Leader made his remarks in an interview with The Hill, telling the site: "We live in a society where you can’t denigrate a race of people. And that’s what that is. I mean, you can’t have the Washington Blackskins. I think it’s so short-sighted."
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Reid’s support of a new nickname for the Redskins, which play just 10 miles from Capitol Hill, means that each of the three most powerful Democrats in D.C. have sided against the hometown NFL team. In addition to Obama, Nancy Pelosi also previously made a statement saying "it would probably be a good idea" if the team went with a new moniker.
But even so, it doesn’t appear the Redskins are any closer to giving in. Snyder previously said he had no intentions of changing the team’s name, and in a statement Thursday, the team doubled down on that message.
"The Redskins respect Senator Reid, and he is, of course, entitled to his opinion," the statement read. "However, we strongly disagree based on what we are hearing from Native Americans and based on the generations of pride and heritage that our name represents."