It seems to be a topic of discussion every few years, but now Vincent Gray, mayor of the District of Columbia, says there should be a discussion about changing the Washington Redskins’ name.
While Gray did not guarantee a name change was the only way for the team to come back to D.C., he did reference the land where a new stadium would be built was on federal land. It’s also the location of the team’s previous D.C. stadium.
This wouldn’t be the first time federally-owned land would be a problem for the Redskins. Team founder George Preston Marshall, an avowed racist, refused to sign a black player to his team until 1962. It took a federal ultimatum and the threat of losing the team’s stadium to get him to finally sign a black player, who immediately asked to be traded.
If a similar situation were to play out to bring the team home, a name change might be in store.