Senators demand D.C. team change name
After decades of Native American efforts, 50 Senators signed a letter that demanded the NFL change the name for Washington, D.C.'s football team, citing the NBA's action against Donald Sterling.
Half the U.S. Senate signed a letter addressed to the NFL to choose a Washington's football team name that is not a racial slur.
In their campaign to change the D.C. team's name, Senators referenced recent public outrage against former Los Angeles Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, who recently banned from the NBA as a result of public outrage to racially-discriminatory comments.
"Racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports," the senators wrote. "It's time for the NFL to endorse a name change for the Washington, D.C. football team."
Those fighting against the slur felt that the appropriate time was decades ago. In 1992, Native American activist Suzan Harjo sued pro-football, but the case ended in a roadblock.
"What message does it send to punish slurs against African Americans while endorsing slurs against Native Americans," the senators wrote. "The NFL can no longer ignore this."