The mayor of the nation’s capital is calling for Washington’s NFL team to finally ax the « Redskins » nickname … saying it’s « past time » to come up with something else.
The name controversy has raged for years — with U.S. Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez most recently calling out the team and demanding a re-brand.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser spoke about the issue to The Team 980 & 95.9 FM .. and she’s siding with AOC.
« I think it’s past time for the team to deal with what offends so many people and this is a great franchise with a great history that’s beloved in Washington, » Bowser says. « And it deserves a name that reflects the affection that we’ve built for the team. »
Bowser was also asked if the team’s name is hurting its chances of getting a new stadium in D.C. … and she believes it’s an « obstacle. »
« It’s an obstacle for us locally but is also an obstacle for the federal government who leases the land to us. »
The team has maintained its stance that the name is not offensive to Native Americans … but a recent poll conducted by UC Berkeley stated otherwise — showing more than half of 1,000 Native Americans surveyed found the name offensive.