O’Malley: Time to change Redskins name

Gov. Martin J. O’Malley said Tuesday that it is time to change the name of the Washington Redskins.

O’Malley made the statements on Twitter following an interview on a Hispanic cable network this week.


“We hope that in every generation we become more understanding of one another and more respectful of the dignity of every individual and culture,” O’Malley said on Twitter.

The governor’s comments on social media mirror statements made during an earlier interview on America with Jorge Ramos on the Fusion network.

O’Malley is the latest Maryland official to call for changing the name of Washington’s professional football team.

Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee, in February issued a statement calling for the team to change the name. In a Democratic primary debate in Washington, Brown called the Redskins name “offensive.”

Larry Hogan, the Republican candidate for governor, decried a June decision by the U.S. Patent Office  to cancel the football team’s trademark protection for the name and said he did not consider the team name a racial slur.


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