While many have spoken on the possibility of Washington's football team returning to RFK stadium with a change in the team's name, former Mayor of the District of Columbia and now Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray believes otherwise.
"I don't support the team coming back at the current name," Gray said on the Politics hour of the Kojo Nnamdi Show. "Assuming they do change the name, there are a lot of things going on at present in RFK. We've got other amenities being developed there."
"I think we may be at the stage now of moving on. I don't know why Dan Snyder has been so resistant to changing the name. It's very offensive to lots of people, including me," Gray said.
"So I think that train has left the station at this stage."
Gray previously pushed for the team to return to RFK stadium back in 2013 based on serious consideration of a name change.
“I think that if they get serious with the team coming back to Washington, there’s no doubt there’s going to have to be a discussion about that,” Gray said in 2013. “I think it has become a lightning rod, and I would love to be able to sit down with the team … and see if a change should be made."
Fast forward seven years and that ultimatum, for Gray, is off of the table.
"Its time for [Dan Snyder] to change the name of that team. It should've come way before now, and we shouldn't have people threatening to take their dollars somewhere else to have them change it," Gray said.
"It's a moral issue that's involved here and he seems to be resistant to that. He should change the name without a question, if we're going to build a new stadium or not."
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