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50 US senators: Change Redskins’ racist name

May 22, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Half of the U.S. Senate says it is time to change the name of the Washington Redskins professional football team.

Forty-nine Democratic senators wrote National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday. They say racism and bigotry do not belong in professional sports. The lawmakers say the National Basketball Association set a good example by banning L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life after he was recorded making racist comments about blacks.

The senators’ letter never actually mentions the word “Redskins.” But it says the team name is nothing short of a racial slur.

The team’s owner Daniel Snyder has long refused to change the team’s name.