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Mike Tyson: What's the Difference Between Washington 'Redskins' and 'Black C**ns'?


The Washington "Redskins" is no less offensive than a team name like the Washington "Black Coons," said Mike Tyson at a Turning Stone Casino Resort event on June 5.

Tyson was at Turning Stone last week for several events, including “Kings of the Ring: A Conversation with Mike Tyson and Larry Holmes” on June 4, and ESPN Friday Night Fights, promoted by Iron Mike Productions, on June 6.

Watch a video of Tyson discussing the need to end the use of the racial slur “redskins” as the mascot and name of the NFL team:

Tyson, a former heavyweight champion and International Boxing Hall of Fame member, debuted as a professional promoter during the 2013 season finale of ESPN’s Friday Night Fights. The legendary fighter has strong roots in Upstate New York, having trained with the late Cus D'Amato in Catskill as a teenager, and has established Turning Stone as his hometown ring.

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Submitted by Michael Madrid on
Interesting that even a punch-drunk rapist agrees that the name should be changed. I be willing to bet that Tyson gets his empathy from being called a few racial slurs himself.

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Submitted by marten on
This is helpful. To my knowledge, there is a scarcity of celebs of any color who state their views about this. Maybe it's because the opposition is so aggressive in support of the offensive label, for whatever reason. There will be more racist entertainment coming up. And it's in part because of the silence of the Native American community. Silence to them, means approval. So, we should thank Tyson for his support.