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WASHINGTON D.C. – Washington State’s Senator Maria Cantwell wants the National Football League to change the name of the Washington football team, and she’s not alone.

Senator Cantwell joined 49 other U.S. Senators in calling for the NFL to formally endorse a name change of the Washington franchise, the Washington Redskins.

The call to action came in the form of a letter that the Senators sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday, a press release from Cantwell’s office said.  This marks the largest Congressional endorsement of a name change for the football team in the nation’s capital.

It comes amidst building momentum from Tribes, civil rights organizations, sports leaders and elected officials for the NFL to change Washington’s mascot.

“Today, we urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports,” the Senators wrote. “It’s time for the NFL to endorse a name change for the Washington, D.C. football team.

“The despicable comments made by Mr. Sterling have opened up a national conversation about race relations. We believe this conversation is an opportunity for the NFL to take action to remove the racial slur from the name of one of its marquee franchises.”

Civil rights organizations and Tribes across the country have called on the Washington franchise to change its name.

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  • Joe

    In generations from now the American Indians will be viewed as cowards not as brave Red Skin hunters and tribal defenders but as powder puffs who are offended by being called by the color of their skin all imposed by white liberals.

  • Ted

    Meanwhile, schools are losing programs, woman are losing rights, congress voted worst in history. So yeh, this is the most important problem for our nation. Pull 50 senators together for THIS. You lazy, rich, soft handed big mouths. How about drought across the nation. Cutting any help for the poor. Jesus, americans are stupid. And Joe, when you wake up from your racist rants, and your “Libruls are at fault for everything”, schtick, you’ll see it’s not a lefty, righty thing, it’s the wealthy making huge money grabs, looking to close down the government, take all the taxes, (yes that’s your money, all the while, keeping the crazy left hating the crazy right, and visa versa. Don’t fall for it , you’re smarter than that.