In rare public remarks, Redskins owner Dan Snyder said Tuesday that instead of criticizing the team's nickname, the focus should be on the issues facing Native Americans. "We understand the issues out there, and we're not an issue," Snyder said, via the Associated Press. "The real issues are real-life issues, real-life needs, and I think it's time that people focus on reality." Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter disagrees. “If Dan Snyder thinks it is acceptable for a billionaire to market, promote, and profit off of a dictionary defined racial slur, then he's living in an alternate universe,” Halbritter said in a press release, via PFT. “If he wants to focus on reality, here's a reality check: The longer he insists on slurring Native Americans, the more damage he will keep doing to Native American communities, and the more he will become synonymous with infamous segregationist George Preston Marshall, who originally gave the team this offensive name.” Snyder announced last month the creation of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation which, in his words, will "provide meaningful and measurable resources that provide genuine opportunities for Tribal communities." That news came amid ongoing criticism from various groups who find the Redskins name offensive. And the creation of a new foundation hasn't changed that perspective. Last week, the National Indian Gaming Association, a nonprofit that includes 184 Indian nations as members, canceled its sponsorship of a charity golf event in Arizona Saturday because it doesn't want to be associated with the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, which just so happens to be the official sponsor.
Dan Snyder says Redskins name is 'not an issue'
CBS Sports | Apr 22