The Redskins aren't the only major sports team considering a name change, and now, the Redskins aren't the only major sports team with a coach who supports such a decision.
During a Zoom call on Sunday, Terry Francona told reporters that he thinks "it's time" for the club "to move forward" in regards to its name.
“I’ve been thinking about it and been thinking about it before we put out that statement,” the manager said, referring to the announcement Cleveland made on Friday that they'd be reviewing their Indians moniker. “I know in the past, when I’ve been asked about, whether it’s our name or the Chief Wahoo, I think I would usually answer and say I know that we’re never trying to be disrespectful."
"I still feel that way," he added. "But I don’t think that’s a good enough answer today... It’s a very difficult subject. It’s also delicate."
Francona's comments come just hours after Ron Rivera explained to the Washington Post that he would like to see the Redskins make their switch before the 2020 season begins.
"It would be awesome," Rivera said. "We want to do this in a positive way."
Rivera and Francona find themselves in somewhat unenviable positions: Though they weren't the ones who named their franchises in the first place, and though they aren't the ones fully in control of their organizations' ultimate decisions, they're the ones having to answer questions about it.
Both, however, aren't shying away from making their stances known. That will matter, even if they don't have the final call.
“Even at my age, you don’t want to be too old to learn or to realize that, maybe I’ve been ignorant of some things, and to be ashamed of it, and to try to be better,” Francona said. “I’m glad that we’re going to be open to listening, because I think that’s probably the most important thing right now, is being willing to listen, not necessarily just talk.”
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