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Rick Reilly Really Stepped In It This Time Over Redskins Defense

Sports “analyst” Rick Reilly came to the defense of the Washington Redskin name recently, and used his father in law, a member of the Blackfoot people, as an example of someone who thinks the whole thing is “silly.” Not only did he step in it by coming to defense of the Redskins, he pissed off his father in law by taking his “silly” comment out of context. Wow.

via Deadspin:

So you can imagine my dismay when I saw my name and words used to defend the racist Washington Redskins name. My son-in-law, ESPN’s Rick Reilly, completely misunderstood the conversation we had, quoting me as saying “the whole issue is so silly. The name just doesn’t bother me much. It’s an issue that shouldn’t be an issue, not with all the problems we’ve got in this country.”

But that’s not what I said.

What I actually said is that “it’s silly in this day and age that this should even be a battle — if the name offends someone, change it.” He failed to include my comments that the term “redskins” demeans Indians, and historically is insulting and offensive, and that I firmly believe the Washington Redskins should change their name.

When Rick’s article came out, it upset me to be portrayed as an “Uncle Tom” in support of this racial slur. I asked him to correct the record. He has not, so I must do it myself.

Well, at least he had that one story first on Twitter.


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