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Cantwell to introduce bill to halt NFL’s tax-exempt status over Redskins team name

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Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) (3rd L) speaks as Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) (L), and National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Brian Cladoosby (5th L) listen during a news conference September 16, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The group Change the Mascot held a news conference to announce new initiatives for the 2014-2015 NFL season to change the name of the Washington football team the Redskins. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., announced Tuesday that she will introduce legislation to eliminate the NFL’s tax-exempt status because of its refusal to force a change in the name of the Washington Redskins, which she condemned as a slur against Native Americans.

According to The Washington Post, Cantwell made her remarks at a press conference called by a coalition of Native American and social justice groups leading the campaign against the Redskins’ name.

The group, Change the Mascot, which includes the National Congress of American Indians and the Oneida Indian Nation, is calling on the owners of the 31 other NFL teams to force Washington owner Dan Snyder to change the team’s name.

“The NFL needs to join the rest of Americans in the 21st century,” Cantwell said. “It is about right and wrong.”

Cantwell is the former chairwoman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.

The hugely profitable and popular NFL is considered a non-profit organization under federal tax law.

 

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15 comments

  • Patrick mcnew

    Instead of grandstanding,why doesn’t she work on getting mt Rushmore dismantled it looms over an impoverished nation that we raped and slaughtered!!! It’s like putting a statue of hitler In a Jewish community,,,,but genocide doesn’t bother her high morals,,,and work to have only native Americans contract and work the project,,but then again fairness doesn’t concern her!!! Only grandstanding for the media And votes,P McN

  • Patrick mcnew

    Gots my the government can suck my redskins tee shirt on today,,,got it from tee springs burgundy and gold all da way!!!! The lady is afraid her precious she hawks are going to fall to a better team because they can’t win away this year

  • cw

    MARIA CANT-DO-IT-WELL IS A CARPET BAGGER IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON.

    SHE KNOWS NOTHING OF NAMING OF THIS FOOTBALL TEAM, WHICH WAS DONE TO HONOR THEIR NATIVE AMERICAN HEAD COACH LONG AGO, WITH HIS BLESSING, HE LIKED THE NAME.

    AS FOR NATIVE AMERICANS, MARIA CANT-DO-IT-WELL IS NO MOUTH PIECE FOR THAT COMMUNITY WHATSOEVER, A MAJORITY OF WHICH ARE NOT OFFENDED BY THE TEAM NAME AND QUITE FRANKLY COULD CARE LESS !!!

    CANT-DO-OT-WELL IS EXTORTING THE TEAM. IS THAT NOT WHAT CRUZ WAS IN HOT WATER OVER IN TEXAS?????

    WELL, SHE IS MORE THAN OVER THE TOP THAN CRUZ WAS, FOR SURE!!!

    CANT-DO-IT-WELL—CARPETBAGGER FROM WASHINGTON WHO BOUGHT HER SENATE SEAT WITH MILLIONS FROM MICROSOFT !!!

  • alice smith

    Not that I figure any of these teams should have a taxexemp status, but sickenedd by what Cantwell thinks is
    important legislation. If one doesn’t go along with the pc crap then they resort to bullying. Just like typical thugs.

    • Spam and Rice

      Thugs indeed, have you noticed that the muslims do the same thing? offend their hyper sensitive theocracy and heads roll. The PC police, Democrats, DC etc, operate with the same mindset. Could be because they both want to decide what people get to think, and respond with violence and punitive litigation when we color outside the lines.

      • Alice Smith

        ” have you noticed that the muslims do the same thing?”
        LOL, one would have to have their head buried so far down in the sand that only their toes showed above ground to have NOT noticed. (the pc crowd also doesn’t like to admit the obvious) To just give a good example, in many of the Muslim countries, NO other religion is allowed. Recently read that the Saudis are going to declare it a death sentence to be anything other than Muslim. YET, stupid politicians and cowards gulp and buy into the must be inclusive when the Muslims DEMAND their demonically driven faith be honored and given special privileges. Bullies and tyrants all through history, always behave the same way. Their agendas change with the political winds.

  • Spam and Rice

    Standard Democrat SOP: Stimulate an emotional response, get the moonbats screeching, then loot more money in “taxes” to feed parasites and other Democrat voters…all for the greater good of course. Pretty clever when you think about it.