Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said that the football team is going to stick with its name.
“We will never change the name of the team,” Snyder told USA Today. “As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it’s all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season.”
Snyder’s comments come a week after David Grosso, a District of Columbia councilman, said he plans to introduce a resolution that would call on the Redskins to change their moniker.
Grosso called the Redskins name “racist and derogatory” and suggested that the team should be known as the Redtails in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Snyder said that’s not going to happen.
“We’ll never change the name,” Snyder told the newspaper. “It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”
According to an latimes.com poll posted May 2, nearly 70% of about 11,000 voters agreed with Snyder, voting that the team should not change its name.