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Donte Whitner believes Washington needs to change its NFL team name

Donte Whitner believes Washington needs to change its NFL team name

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A major change could be coming to two storied franchises. Washington's NFL team and the Cleveland Indians might have new team names in the near future. 

Washington stated Friday morning that the "team will undergo a thorough review" of its team name, and the Indians followed suit. Donte Whitner hopes both changes happen. 

"I'm for changing the names," Whitner said on "Race In America: A Candid Conversation." "Cleveland Indians, that's offensive. The Indians, they were done very dirty in the history of America. And the Redskins, I think the same thing. 

"I think they should change the name." 

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Whitner, who was a Pro Bowl safety for the 49ers and is a current analyst for NBC Sports Bay Area, finished his 11-year career with Washington. He played 11 games and recorded 66 tackles and one forced fumble in 2016. 

Whitner also spoke on his experience with Washington's controversial owner, Dan Snyder. 

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"Dan Snyder is under a lot of pressure right now," Whitner said. "People are pulling out or they're selling their stakes with the team, and rightfully so. A lot of people really didn't like Dan Snyder when I was there, so I can see why they're having those issues. 

"But I do agree with the name changes, because it's offensive to a lot of people."

Sean Taylor's death 'like losing brother' for Frank Gore back in 2007

Sean Taylor's death 'like losing brother' for Frank Gore back in 2007

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The last time Frank Gore saw Sean Taylor was after his own mother, Liz, died in mid-September of 2007. Slightly over two months later, Taylor, only 24 at the time, tragically died when he was shot in his Miami home by robbers. 

"At the University of Miami, all the boys that come out of there are like brothers," Gore said to the Associated Press after Taylor's death, via ESPN. "It's like losing my brother. ... It's just tough on me, losing my mom and losing a friend who I played ball with, who I knew from younger days."

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Gore was in his third season with the 49ers. He had rushed for 116 yards and two touchdowns in a 37-31 win over the Arizona Cardinals on Nov. 25, 2007. The performance helped him win NFC Offensive Player of the Week. 

And then two days later, his former college teammate at the University of Miami was murdered. 

"Miami, it's a tough city," Gore said. "A lot of people are jealous of guys who've got better stuff than them. I've thought about it when I go back to see my family and my kids.

"I've got to be careful."

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Gore, 37, spent 10 seasons with the 49ers. He also has played for the Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills. The veteran running back signed with the New York Jets this offseason as he continues to defy Father Time. 

Taylor was a star safety for Washington at the time of his death. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2006 and 2007. The year he died, he had five interceptions, nine passes defensed and 41 tackles in just nine games.

Adrian Peterson to follow Colin Kaepernick, plans to kneel this season

Adrian Peterson to follow Colin Kaepernick, plans to kneel this season

For those that have a problem with athletes kneeling during the national anthem, well, you better get used it. 

Following the death of George Floyd, an African-American man in the hands of Minneapolis police custody, Washington running back Adrian Peterson said he plans to kneel during the 2020 NFL season. And it looks like he won't be alone. 

"Without a doubt," Peterson said to reporters on Friday. "We're all getting ready to take a knee together."

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first athlete to kneel during the anthem as a peaceful protest against racial and social injustices, along with police brutality, throughout the 2016 season. He hasn't played in the NFL since, and also hasn't been offered a contract. 

Many people, including Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, have shown they don't understand what message Kaepernick was trying to spread. The same goes with New Orleans Saints star QB Drew Brees before he apologized multiple times

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Peterson wants everyone to be on notice: Kneeling will happen. 

Other athletes around the world have been kneeling in recent days. Once the NFL season begins this year, there likely will be a large group of players doing the same.

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