Transcript for A Football Team By Any Other Name Might Not Be So Offensive
We are here in washington and there is a story everyone is talking about here. It's time for monday night football. As much as fans love their hometown redskins, a move is under way to change the name. Critics say it's offensive to naif americans and some of the biggest sports reporters in football are refusing to use the word. David kerley tells us why the team is refusing to budge. Reporter: What's in a name? Controversy for washington's nfl team. Tonight one of the country's leading sports journalists peter king of "sports illustrated" says he won't use the redskins name anymore stating he's increasingly bothered by the word. He joins a growing list of sports writers. I don't want to use it anymore. It's something that I don't want to do. I don't want to preach about it. Reporter: Some native american groups are turning up the heat. Flashes to my mind is our ancestors being skinned. It's painful, hurtful and it's time that it changes. Reporter: One tribe calling on the nfl commissioner to act. The term red skin is wrong and unacceptable. Reporter: The owner is opposed. Dan snyder has said, quote, we'll never change the name. It's that simple. Never. You can use caps. The mascot is a proud native american symbol. As a native american it means a lot to me. Reporter: Tonight the redskins take the field for the 80th year but this year they will only be called washington by some. David kerley, abc news, landover, maryland.
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