House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has become the latest political leader to criticize the Washington Redskins over it’s nickname. Pelosi stated that the Redskins name is offensive, and if the Redskins continue to use the name, then the U.S. Patent and Trade office should reject the NFL’s trademark of the name.
We all respect freedom of speech, but the trademark office has rejected names which are considered offensive and they should do it now, They can keep their name on the team, but when it comes to all the stuff — that’s serious money. So I think that is one path that we can go.
It’s time to choose another name, In fact, it’s long overdue.
Last season, President Barack Obama stated that he thought the Redskins should change the name. However, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has been adamant that as long as he’s the owner, the name will never be changed. The NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell has supported Snyder, and has also deflected criticism of the name.
Politicians continue to threaten political action in order to force the Redskins to change the name. So far it’s been all talk, but if they are successful in having the Redskins trademark rejected or interfering with the NFL’s tax exempt status, one has to wonder how long Snyder and the league will continue this fight?