WASHINGTON — Redskins president Bruce Allen said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Saturday that the team's nickname is "respectful" toward American Indians.
Half the U.S. Senate on Thursday urged commissioner Roger Goodell to change the team's name, saying it is a racist slur.
"Our use of 'Redskins' as the name of our football team for more than 80 years has always been respectful of and shown reverence toward the proud legacy and traditions of Native Americans," Allen wrote.
Allen referenced research that "the term Redskins originated as a Native American expression of solidarity." The team's logo was designed by American Indian leaders, and Allen cited surveys that said American Indians support the name.
In a letter Thursday, 49 senators mentioned the NBA's quick action to ban Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life after he was recorded making offensive comments about blacks. They said Goodell should push to rename the Redskins. Owner Daniel Snyder has refused.
Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., wrote his own letter saying he doesn't believe that retaining the Redskins name "is appropriate in this day and age."
The senators noted that tribal organizations across the United States have said they want the Redskins name dropped.
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