After meeting with NFL executives about their effort to get the Washington Redskins to change their name, officials from the Oneida Indian Nation said they were “disappointed.”
“As the meeting transpired, it became evident that they were defending the continued use,” Oneida executive Ray Halbritter said at a press conference following the meeting in New York. The league sent senior executives Jeff Pash, Adolpho Birch, and Paul Hicks. The league said Commissioner Roger Goodell was traveling Wednesday, a day after he met with Washington owner Dan Snyder about the ongoing controversy surrounding the team’s name.
Halbritter said his tribe’s ongoing campaign for a name change is not meant to be antagonistic toward Snyder or the NFL, noting the Oneidas’ own sponsorship of the Buffalo Bills. “[Football] can be unifying, this name is not,” he said as a heckler tried to interrupt.
The San Francisco Chronicle is joining the list of publications that will not print the name of Washington’s NFL team, the paper’s managing editor confirms to Washingtonian.
“Our long-standing policy is to not use racial slurs—and make no mistake, ‘redskin’ is a slur—except in cases where it would be confusing to the reader to write around it,” Audrey Cooper writes in an e-mail. Going forward, the Chronicle will use the name in coverage of the ongoing controversy surrounding its use, but when it comes to coverage of the National Football League—for instance the San Francisco 49ers’ trip to FedEx Field on November 25—it will simply go with “Washington.”
Dan Snyder met with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell today to discuss the controversy over the name of Snyder’s football team, and agreed to agree: the point of the meeting at NFL headquarters in New York was not to push Snyder on a name change but to help the league “gather information on the team’s plans for dealing with the issues involved,” according to unnamed sources in the Washington Post.
Snyder reportedly told Goodell what he said earlier this month in an open letter to Washington fans, saying that while he hears the complaints that the team’s name is a racial slur against Native Americans, he doesn’t want to move on from a name that has lasted 81 years.
Goodell, who has said he doesn’t want to change it either, has deferred to Snyder on whether Washington’s football team should ever change its name, but he now says the league needs to consider the concerns of people who say they are offended.
The NFL gets that opportunity tomorrow, when leaders of the Oneida Indian Nation, which has mounted a season-long campaign urging Snyder to change his team’s name, meet with league officials. Whether Goodell is among those officials is unknown; Oneida spokesman Brett Stagnitti tells Washingtonian the NFL has not said who it will send to the meeting.
The Nationals are reportedly making a deal with Arizona Diamondbacks third-base coach Matt Williams to manage the team next year. Sprucing up for the new skipper are three of their biggest stars. “Feel better soon” cards go to the following:
• Pitcher Stephen Strasburg had arthroscopic surgery in Los Angeles, California, to remove bone chips from his right elbow. He had complained of forearm tightness during the season.
• Slugger Bryce Harper, who spent much of June on the disabled list after klunking into a wall at Dodgers Stadium, had knee surgery in Vail, Colorado, to repair the bursa sac.
• First baseman Adam LaRoche, who complained of a left bicep strain at the end of the season, had left elbow surgery here in Washington.
According to various reports, all three will recuperate for four to six weeks and all are expected to be ready to go when spring training begins in February.
Harper tweeted about the surgery on Saturday, saying, “Be back strong as ever!”
Since everybody is finding out, everything went well on Wednesday! Thanks for all the support and prayers! Be back strong as ever! #Nats— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) October 26, 2013
Former Washington defensive end Dexter Manley was dimissed from his role as a football commentator for WTOP this morning following a segment in which he called former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman a “queer.” Jim Farley, WTOP’s vice president for news, says Manley, 53, won’t be coming back to his airwaves.
“Needless to say we will not have him back on WTOP,” Farley tells Washingtonian.
Manley was on about 9:40 AM to discuss Washington's 45-21 loss to the Denver Broncos yesterday, and his conversation with hosts Mike Moss and Bruce Alan turned to Fox’s broadcast team for the game, which featured Aikman as a commentator. Here’s how it went:
Hail to the Bravehearts? Not by a long shot.
A report by gossip website TMZ suggesting that the Redskins are inching closer toward changing their name turns out to be almost entirely false. TMZ got excited this morning when it learned that a resident of Potomac, Maryland—where Dan Snyder resides—registered a trademark for “Washington Bravehearts” with the stated purpose of “entertainment in the nature of football games.”
The trademark was purchased on October 17 by Aris Mardirossian, a patent investor. (Or "troll," as such people are often known.) He also registered a Maryland limited liability corporation named “Washington Brave Hearts” the same day. Mardirossian’s motives in registering the trademark are unknown.
“Having a new stadium is good for the city, good for the region, and good for D.C. United,” said Ed Lazere, the executive director of the DC Fiscal Policy Institute at a hearing last night about the $300 million plan to build a new 24,000-seat home for the soccer team—amd Lezere is one of the project’s critics. So it went as skeptics and opponents of the planned stadium for D.C. United groused for two hours that the District government and the soccer team are moving too aggressively in converting a tract of Southwest from an underused industrial zone into a sports and entertainment complex.
The nine acres on Buzzard Point eyed as the stadium site are currently split between Pepco, the development firm Akridge, the investor Mark Ein, and a salvage yard. According to the agreement between the District and United, the city is supposed to trade the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U Sts., Northwest, for Akridge’s two acres. The Reeves Center, at one of the busiest intersections in the city, could be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and Akridge will also give the city cash when it makes the trade.
But Lazere said that however much the District gets from Akridge in exchange for the Reeves Center, there are better uses for the money than the $150 million the city government plans to spend on upgrading the infrastructure around the stadium site.
Here’s what could have been: RG3 fresh off the bye with a stellar game, the defense destroying the Cowboys’ offense, and special teams making big plays. Oh, what could have been.
This was one of those epic Redskins/Cowboys battles that could have changed everything—if the Skins had come out on top. One victory could wipe away the feeling of disgust that surrounded the 1-3 start to the season and given new hope to the team and fans alike. But unfortunately that didn’t happen.
After a defeat, it’s like this: heads down, some players in tears, some throwing things, some walking around depressed. The feeling in the locker room is dejection. Some look around the room and want to point fingers. They want to yell, “I did my part, and if you did yours we could have won this game.” When I played I wanted to call guys out, but all of my years of training taught me that football is a team game and that we win and lose together. Every time I lost, I was embarrassed for my team—my family—because I let them down. I hated Mondays because we watched the film and every mistake, every fault, was called out.
Wednesday is Bryce Harper’s 21st birthday. He may celebrate at home in Las Vegas, or somewhere near Ohio State University*, where girlfriend Kayla Varner is a student and soccer player. But if he's celebrating in DC, we've got some gift ideas:
- A nonalcoholic West Indian limeade at the bar at Bourbon Steak, which we named one of the area’s best mocktails. Yeah, we know he's turning 21, but Harper is Mormon.
- Sliding lessons with RG3.
- To help him add the 15 pounds he told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post he wanted to gain in the offseason, a gift certificate to his favorite DC restaurant, Guapo’s, for a fat- and protein-laden fajita party.
- A pedicure, to prevent ingrown toenails. Our beauty department recommends Sesen spa in Vienna, Virginia.
- More calories via a cake from Buzz Bakery, in Alexandria.