After the Patent Office canceled the “disparaging” Washington Redskins trademark on Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said it was only a matter of time before the Redskins change their name.
Reid has predicted that the team would change its name within three years, signed a letter with 49 other Senators urging the NFL to force the team to change its name, and told the team he will refuse to attend Redskins games until the team changes its name.
“I will not stand idly by while a professional sports team promotes a racial slur as a team name and disparages the American people,” Reid wrote to Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen on Monday in response to the Redskins’ suggestion that Reid attend a Redskins game to see how the team unifies the polarized city. “Nor will I consider your invitation to attend a home game until your organization chooses to do the right thing and change its offensive name.”
It’s only a matter of time until Daniel Snyder is forced to do the right thing and change the name.
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) June 18, 2014