The Washington football franchise officially announced the retirement of the name 'Redskins' and its current logo on Monday, a move that many believe was overdue.
However, the decision by Washington owner Dan Snyder to move on from the name is a complete change in course from seven years ago, when he said that he would "never" change the name.
ESPN Pardon the Interruption co-host Tony Kornheiser said on Monday that he believes that money is the reason Snyder ultimately made the decision to change the name.
"What is happening now, and the smartest man I ever met in television, Don Ohmeyer, would have predicted this, because he said the answer to all your questions is money," Kornheiser said. "Dan Snyder was going to lose money. His partners want to sell. They want to bail out."
Last week, reports surfaced that Washington's three minority owners, including FedEx CEO Fred Smith, wanted to sell their share of the team, with the trio citing they were "not happy being a partner" with Snyder. FedEx was the first public sponsor to publicly pressure Washington to change its name earlier this month.
Kornheiser then took his comments to another level, saying that he believes Snyder would have been forced out as the team's owner had he not departed from the name.
"If he had not changed this name, he would have gone down the route of Marge Schott and Donald Sterling and Jerry Richardson," Kornheiser said. "They would have said, 'You have to sell the team.'"
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For Kornheiser to compare Snyder to these three past owners, it shows the seriousness of the issue regarding the name.
Schott was forced out of owning the Cincinnati Reds after making pro-Adolf Hitler comments. Sterling was banned for life by the NBA in 2014 after racist comments about his spouse hanging out with Black people were made public. And Richardson sold his share of the Carolina Panthers in 2018 after alleged sexual misconduct towards some of his employees.
Additionally, Kornheiser said that he believes the only way Snyder was convinced to sell was after someone in the organization proposed him the question: Do you still want to own this team?
"He went absolutely kicking and screaming, and I'm sure at some point they said, 'Do you want to continue owning this team? Because if you do, that name is out,'" Kornheiser said.
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Of course, if that were the case, Snyder ended up prioritizing remaining the team's majority owner and changing the name, which the team formally announced Monday.
While the name is on its way out, Kornheiser speaks for many when he believes the change is later than it should have been.
"This was a long time coming; it should have been done a long time ago as we both agree," Kornheiser said. "I think we've come to understand that most of the fans intend no slur when they use this name. But it is a slur and it is indefensible."
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