Redskins Name Change to Be Pushed by D.C. Council Member

Published:6:27 am EDT, May 1, 2013| Updated:6:31 am EDT, May 1, 2013|

Washington Redskins, Redskins Name Controversy

The Washington "Redskins" may soon be known as the Washington "Redtails."

The name of the NFL team has been debated in the past for its seemingly derogatory nature, but Washington, D.C. council member David Grosso is going to propose a solution to the matter, reports The Washington Post.

“It’s been a long time that we’ve had this name associated with Washington, and I think its time we take a stand and change it,” Grosso said.

Grosso is planning to propose that the Redskins be changed to the Redtails to honor the the Tuskegee Airmen, who broke the color barrier for U.S. military pilots in World War II. The proposal will not call for a need for the team to change its fight song or their feather logo that they have long been associated with.

Washington, D.C.’s mayor, Vincent C. Gray, first brought up the issue back in January because he thinks the name is a racial slur.

However, the proposal will not be met without opposition. It appears that Redskins’ quarterback Robert Griffin III has already voiced his opinion on the matter.

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