WASHINGTON — Half of the U.S. Senate says it’s time to change the name of the Washington Redskins.
Forty-nine Democratic senators wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday. They say racism and bigotry do not belong in professional sports.
The lawmakers say the NBA set a good example by banning Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life after he was recorded making racist comments about blacks.
The senators’ letter never actually mentions the word “Redskins,” but it says the team name is nothing short of a racial slur.
Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson wrote his own letter to Goodell requesting the change.
The letter was not circulated among Republicans.
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has long refused to change the name. The team has said the name is a tribute to the courage of Native Americans.