Before Judging NFL's Redskins Name, Consider the 'Racist' Who Chose It

A story about a column by Mike Florio of NBC Sports Pro Football Talk on the racist former owner of the Washington Redskins.

Mike Florio of NBCSports.com's Pro Football Talk has been relentlessly and thoroughly examining the Washington Pigskins naming controversy. In a column June 14, Florio says "Redskins name can’t properly be assessed without considering man who coined it." Excellent point.

George Preston Marshall, the founder and longtime owner of the NFL franchise who named his team the "Redskins," had an atrocious record on Civil Rights issues, including integration of the pro football league. Shouldn't that background be considered when reviewing the offensiveness of the Pigskins name?

"And with each move [current team owner Dan Snyder and the D.C. franchise] make to prop up a name that, unlike any other name of any other professional sports team, some people find offensive, more people who find it offensive become more willing to speak out — and more people who either didn’t know or didn’t care about the issue have the occasion to conclude that there’s something not quite kosher about the name," writes Florio.

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