Updated: September 25, 2014

By-Gary Norris Gray:- BASN Staff Reporter

Humpty Dumpty sat on the wall Humpty Dumpty had a great fall all of the kings horses and all the kings men could not put Humpty back together again.

This is the story of the Washington Football Club and the insistence by its owner Dan Snyder and the National Football League to keep its nickname. The arrogance and ignorance are beginning to show up in this protracted fight. The pieces are slowly falling apart. The New York Times will no longer use the word in reporting the teams games, Native American tribes are rejecting gifts from the National Football League and last The National Coalition on Racism in Sports Media (NCRSM) will be filing a lawsuit against the University of Minnesota for allowing the Washington Football Club to play a game at the stadium on November 2, 2014.

This is the fifth lawsuit against the Washington Football Club and the National Football League. This issue will not resolve itself and with the start of the 2014 football season will become intense.

First The National Football League is trying to bribe members of different tribes to curry favor. This is another vain attempt by the league to keep the racist R-word in Washington.  The Navajo tribes were given a grand tour of the Washington Football Clubs facilities in Upper Marboro, Maryland given jackets and hats with the team name and logo. The Navajo tribe rejected both last week. IT’S NOT WORKING.

“The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe was offered a van  by the Original Americans Foundation but turned it down, Senator Harry Reid(D-Nevada) stated.

Redskins is a racist name and Native Americans believe that,” said Reid, who serves as the Senate Majority Leader, The Reno Gazette-Journal reported. “They have tried to buy off some of my Nevada Indians and they have not been able to do that, giving them trucks and stuff like that. Reid previously said a tribe in his state was approached by the foundation. One of his aides confirmed it was the Las Paiute Tribe. Other tribes have accepted gifts from the foundation but many have condemned the initiative as a publicity stunt.”

 Second, The University of Minnesota will host the Minnesota Vikings until their football park is completed in two years. The Vikings host the Washington Football Club on November 2, 2014.

“According to the facility use agreement, the Vikings have full jurisdiction over TCF Bank Stadium on NFL game days, but NCRSM director Clyde Bellecourt says they want the U of M to enforce its contract to ban the Redskins name from the stadium and get the Vikings to ban Redskins jerseys and face paint from the game.”

NCRSM insist that this is sacrilegious to the Native American people in the Great Lakes Area. NCRSM states that the R-word and mascot incorporates hate speech just as the N-word for African Americans and should be banned from signs, post, and television commercials.

Now it is getting interesting because this protest will be during the season.

To The National Football League and Dan Snyder this is getting worse with each passing week. It is time for the NFL and Snyder to throw in the towel and call it a day.


 “Debate sparked at home when the Vikings hosted the Redskins for Thursday Night Football last November – a host of protests surrounding the Metrodome — but with TCF Bank hosting Vikings games until the new stadium is complete in 2016, the U of M says it is making “every effort” to ban the Redskins name. The U is also working with the Vikings to “eliminate the use of Washington’s team name in promotional and game date materials and public address announcements,” according to a letter from president Eric Kaler to U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.).”

Repersentive McCollum wrote a strong letter to the owner of the Minnesota Vikings Zygi Wilf asking him to condemn the name stating that it violates the Vikings Board of Regents policies on equity and diversity.

Third, one of the nation’s biggest newspapers and the voice of New York City have stated that in 2014 it would no-longer use the R-word in reporting the Washington Football Club. The New York Daily News wrote in an Editorial “SACK THE NAME” stating that the time has come to leave the word behind.

The name, however, may appear in quotations, reader letters and discussion of the dispute. Also, the logo of a feathered Native American will be dropped, replaced by an image that features team colors”.

The mounting momentum has become a snowball rolling downhill getting larger with each passing day. The National Football League and Owner Dan Snyder must see this headed straight for them.

Humpty Dumpty’s pieces are all over the place and Commissioner Roger Goodell cannot fix this


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