A Redskins name change may be in the works after DC Mayor Vincent Gray demanded that the Washington Redskins have a discussion about changing what he considers to be an "offensive" name.
"I think that if they get serious with the team coming back to Washington, there's no doubt there's going to have to be a discussion about that," Gray said, according to the Washington Post. "I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would be love to be able to sit down with the team ... and see if a change should be made. There's a precedent for this, and I think there needs to be a dispassionate discussion about this, and do the right thing."
The Redskins name change has been a controversial topic for decades, as some consider it to be a racial slur towards Native Americans, according to iSportsTimes. However, those opposed to a Redskins name change argue that the name, which dates back to the 1930s, is a tradition that should not be changed.
Many people took to Twitter to voice their opinion on the Redskins name change. What do you think?
Redskins getting a name change? What should we call them now " The Washington Nickel Slots?"
— Chuck (@9Chuck4) January 10, 2013
Instead of a name change just change the mascot to a peanut= problem solved tmz.com/2013/01/09/was...
— Mike Grove (@Oh_M_Grove) January 10, 2013
Hmmmm... I've been saying this for a while now. But I doubt it will change: tmz.com/2013/01/09/was...
— BuxxyTM (@BuxxyBunny) January 10, 2013
— David Eklin (@DREklin) January 10, 2013
— sarah botkins (@SarBot4000) January 10, 2013
DC mayor wants the NFL's Washington Redskins to discuss a name change. How bout no!
— daren watkins (@ddub46) January 10, 2013