METAIRIE, La. (CBS4) – Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder does not want to change the team’s name, but we can now add Champ Bailey to the list of people that do.
Snyder has tried to convince everyone that the name isn’t offensive. He has commissioned studies and he has announced a foundation to help Native Americans who need help. He even hired a group to try to get fans to think of the team’s name a different way. None of this seems to be working.
“When you hear a Native American say that ‘Redskin’ is degrading, it’s almost like the N-word for a black person,” Bailey told USA Today. “If they feel that way, then it’s not right. They are part of this country. It’s degrading to a certain race. Does it make sense to have the name?”
Bailey knows the team has a passionate fan base. He says the name does not represent the team.
“I don’t know where the name came from or how it came about, but the bottom line is that it’s still here in this day and age, and it makes no sense to have it,” Bailey added. “I love that organization, but when it starts peeling off old scabs and people are pitching a fit about it because it’s degrading to them, then you’ve got to make a change.”
Bailey believes a name of a franchise should represent what a team stands for.
“They don’t represent anything that name stands for,” Bailey said. “It’s a bad reflection of what they really stand for. It’s a bad name.”
Bailey noted that if the team did change its name, it would not change the fan’s passion for the team.
“I don’t think much would change, as far as the branding and all that,” Bailey added. “The team is still going to be beloved in that city. That’s just the way it is.”
Bailey is currently signed by the New Orleans Saints; he was drafted by Washington as the seventh pick in the first round in 1999. He has been named to 12 Pro Bowls during his 16 year career.