Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen said Thursday that the team has no plans to change its name despite ongoing controversy and a recent spike in debate about whether it is offensive to Native Americans.
Speaking to reporters in Richmond after the groundbreaking ceremony for the team’s new training camp site, Allen said the Redskins do not see any reason to change the name.
“We’re not a new franchise. We’re 81 years old. … There’s nothing that we feel is offensive, and we’re proud of our history,” Allen said, according to 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen.
He added, “It’s ludicrous to think that in any way we’re trying to upset anybody.”
Speakers at a recent forum at the National Museum of the American Indian condemned the name and demanded it be changed. Washington Mayor Vincent Gray also has raised the issue and three Washington Post columnists criticized the name in recent weeks.