Redskins name change? Congressmen get involved (+video).
Redskins name change urged by 10 members of Congress, saying it's considered a racial slur. A Redskins name change is at the heart of a long legal battle.
WASHINGTON — Ten members of Congress are urging the Washington Redskins to change their name because it is offensive to many Native Americans.
The letter to Snyder says that "Native Americans throughout the country consider the 'R-word' a racial, derogatory slur akin to the 'N-word' among African Americans or the 'W-word' among Latinos."
The nickname is the subject of a long-running legal challenge from a group seeking to have the team lose its trademark protection.
Snyder has vowed that he will never change the name.