Updated: August 30, 2014

By Gary Norris Gray-BASN Staff Reportermasot

The Purple One, Prince could not have said it better with his 1980’s hit song “Controversy”. The latest in the fray of the Washington Football Club’s nickname are former coach and player Mike Ditka of the Chicago Bears and the New Orleans Saints, and former Alaska Governor and 2008 Republican Vice presidential canidate Sarah Palin.

Ditka played with the Dallas Cowboys in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s before his coaching duties in Chicago leading the Bears to the Super Bowl. While Ms. Palin has started a network television show for the Tea Party.

Both are on the wrong side of history on the issue of the Washington Football Club’s name.


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Prince could not have put this battle into clear prospective with his song CONTROVERSY

Coach Ditka stepped into the controversy with his latest comments about the Nation’s capitol football team; The web site published these comments last week.

Ditka states:-What’s all the stink over the Redskin name? It’s so much [expletive] it’s incredible. We’re going to let the liberals of the world run this world. It was said out of reverence, out of pride to the American Indian. Even though it was called a Redskin, what are you going to call them, a Brownskin? This is so stupid it’s appalling, and I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of an American football history, and it should never be anything but the Washington Redskins. That’s the way it is.”

Ditka continued his rage with “It’s all the political correct idiots in America, that’s all it is. It’s got nothing to do with anything else. We’re going to change something because we can. Hey listen, I went through it in the 60s, too. I mean, come on. Everybody lined up, did this. It’s fine to protest. That’s your right, if you don’t like it, protest. You have a right to do that, but to change the name, that’s ridiculous. Change the Constitution — we’ve got people trying to do that, too, and they’re doing a pretty good job.”

As for how he views Dan Snyder’s fight to keep the team’s name what it is? “I admire him for it,” Ditka said.dick

This New York Giant – Oakland Raider fan also rooted for Mike Ditka because of the way he played the game and the way he coached the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints. Ditka played the game tough and true but these comments should have fans scratching their heads and wondering.

Ditka later elaborated, saying his problem was primarily with agitators unconnected to the name trying to change it. “If an American Indian says its offensive, that’s fine,” Ditka said. “I’m all for changing it.” Mr. Ditka would backtrack from his earlier comments after former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin put her two and half cents in on the issue.

On Facebook, Palin wrote:

“Nothing should surprise us lately; but when the Politically Correct Police bust Ditka, they hope the silent majority will cower under leftist control. My goodness, Ditka merely spoke his mind. This accomplished and esteemed coach knows there are big issues to be addressed in America today; there’s no intent to offend by referring to a team by the name they’ve proudly worn since day one and chose with pride in our native ancestry and obviously had absolutely no intent to insult; and the liberal media’s made-up controversies divide our country. The government’s intent to force any owner of anything, in this case an NFL entity, to change a name is the antithesis of the American way of working through differences. Ditka said he actually likes the Washington Redskins, and he’s a man full of commonsense [sic] and admired patriotism.”

dickkPalin also states that Coach Ditka might get fired for exercising America’s First Amendment.

This football controversy is slowly coming to a close as opposing forces take sides. This controversy will not go away because it is currently picking up the political and economic steam and social backing needed for change.

The Navajo tribe has requested owner Dan Snyder to consider a name change. The Navajos are one of the largest tribes in the United States, so the political and social pressure continues to build.

This year church leaders have joined the fight for change

In a meeting March 1, 2014, the Board of Directors of the Central Atlantic Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC) unanimously passed a resolution proposing that its members boycott Washington Redskins games and shun products bearing the team’s logo until the team changes its name and mascot. Team spokesman Tony Wyllie offered a response, saying, “We respect those who disagree with our team’s name, but we wish the United Church of Christ would listen to the voice of the overwhelming majority of Americans, including Native Americans, who support our name and understand it honors the heritage and tradition of the Native American community.” The team tried to make its case by having three members of the Blackfeet Nation call church leader Rev. John Deckenback, who said the three didn’t promote the team’s cause, and called the interaction a “somewhat weird experience.” At its annual meeting in June 2014, the membership of the UCC passed a resolution supporting the boycott.

The National Football League might have a problem because the Washington Football Club will be playing the Minnesota Vikings on November 2 and the University of Minnesota will not permit disparaging names in their

Mike Cary one of the few Black senior umpires in the NFL has made it be known that he has tried not to referee any of the Washington Football Clubs games because of the name. Cary is one of the best umpires on the field.

Two national broadcasters will not use the name. CBS-Phil Simms and NBC- Tony Dungy. ESPN-Sports Network left it up to each individual broadcaster to make up their own mind to use the name or not

It is time to inform the Budweiser Beer Company, FedEx Shipping Company, and the Bank of America to move away from the Washington Football Club and its nickname. A national boycott of these companies should be the next order of business.

It is time to send a message to Dan Snyder, Mike Ditka, Sarah Palin and the National Football League; it is time to change the name.

It is time for racial healing and racial harmony. Changing the name would help do just that.

The National Football League does not need this CONTROVERSY at the height of its popularity.


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Thank you Yahoo Sports,, and Nate Scott at for the information in this article.   

Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove, Soul Tree Radio In The Raw, and The Batchelor Pad Network on Disabled Community Activist. Email at

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