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Redskins' Snyder insists again: No name change

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Apr 22 2014 09:49:25 PM CDT
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Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder insisted again on Tuesday that he will not change the team's name despite continuing objections by Native Americans.

"We understand the issues out there, and we're not an issue," said Snyder, who was speaking at a ceremony after the Redskins donated $100,000 to Park View High School to go toward the installation of a synthetic turf field.

"The real issues are real-life issues, real-life needs, and I think it's time that people focus on reality."

Snyder responded to critics of his Original Americans Foundation, which is providing money and resources to tribal communities throughout the country. One criticism is that he is trying to buy good will to deflect attention from those who want the team name changed.

"I wrote a letter to the fans and it speaks for itself," Snyder said, referring to a letter distributed in March to announce the foundation. "It tells you we did our homework, unlike a lot of people, and we understand the issues out there. We're not an issue. The real issues are real-life issues, real-life needs, and it's time that people focus on reality."

Snyder has called the Redskins' name a "badge of honor."

The Oneida Indian Nation, which has been at the forefront of the push to change the team's name, responded to Snyder's latest comments.

"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," Oneida spokesman Ray Halbritter said in a statement, via The Associated Press. "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."

On another topic, Snyder said the Redskins signing free agent wide receiver DeSean Jackson, who was released by the Philadelphia Eagles, was an easy decision for the team.

"When you look at the fact that the head coach (Jay Gruden) and general manager (Bruce Allen) said this is the right move, the only thing I can do is support it and that's what I've done," Snyder said. "It's been great. I've spent a little time with him and he's really a good guy.

"That's going to be exciting, and not just the two games against Philly. We got tired of seeing him score a lot of touchdowns against us and watching him on TV, so it's great to have him here."