RICHMOND — The Redskins will remain the Redskins, so says general manager Bruce Allen.
With the Redskins name once again under attack, Allen said the franchise won’t consider a new nickname.
“There’s nothing that we feel is offensive and we’re proud of our history,” Allen said at a groundbreaking ceremony for the Redskins’ training camp in Richmond on Thursday. “To suggest that players and coaches and fans are thinking any other way doesn’t make sense…It’s ludicrous to think that we’re trying to upset anyone.”
According to Allen, in the early 1970s the president of the National Congress of American Indians, in conjunction with members of the Red Cloud Athletic Fund, requested that the team change their logo from the R to the American Indian logo currently in use. The National Congress of American Indians also happens to a group currently fighting the nickname.
“Honors like that we don’t need,” said Robert Holden, deputy director of the National Congress of American Indians, at a symposium in Washington last week.
“We’re not a new franchise, we’re 81 years old,” Allen said. “It would be interesting to some people if they did some research….I’m proud to be the general manager of the Washington Redskins. We represent an iconic sports franchise.”