As the Washington Redskins continue to conduct an internal review of its name after facing public pressure from many of its largest corporate sponsors, many believe the team's moniker will be changed. Both NBC Sports Washington and multiple other outlets have reported that the team will likely not play another game with 'Redskins' as its name.
ESPN First Take host Max Kellerman believes a name change is long overdue and said on Thursday he wants Redskins owner Dan Snyder to apologize for not changing the name sooner.
"You will stand at a podium. You will stand at a podium and change the name," Kellerman said on Snyder. "In addition, you will apologize for not doing it sooner."
Kellerman even went a step further, saying the team should never have been nicknamed the Redskins.
"The name shouldn't have been that in the first place," Kellerman said. "It certainly should have been changed years ago."
Public pressure has amounted towards the Redskins to change in the middle of a social justice movement in America following the killing of George Floyd. Floyd was killed by police officers in Minneapolis on May 25, sparking several protests nationwide demanding justice.
For Kellerman, he doesn't think it should have taken a major social reform movement -- like what's currently going on in the United States -- for Washington to consider ditching its name.
"It should not have taken a whole social, political movement, a pandemic [to change the name]," Kellerman said. "In fact, it didn't take that for people who just thought about [the name] for two seconds and could see that it would be offensive to Native Americans."
Over the past week, the Redskins' name controversy has been a major topic of conversation, and not just in the sports media world. D.C. Mayor Murial Bowser said she is happy to see the name change, while District Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton said she would propose a bill for the team to build its new stadium on the old RFK Stadium site after the name is changed.
On the other hand, Stephen A. Smith, Kellerman's First Take co-host, believes President Donald Trump's actions allowed Washington to keep its name for as long as it has.
Throughout his rant about the Redskins' name, Kellerman said multiple times how upset he has been that Washington has yet to change its name. A public apology from the team's owner for not changing the moniker sooner is the least Dan Snyder can do in Kellerman's mind.
"The fact that this despicable name has not been changed is a national outrage and a disgrace," Kellerman said. "So I think Dan Snyder not only will change the name but owes an apology."
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