Associated Press

University of Minnesota and Vikings Working to Ban R-word From NFL Matchup

ICTMN Staff
8/7/14

The University of Minnesota, in conjunction with the Minnesota Vikings, is working to eradicate the Washington football team’s name at their November 2 match up with the Vikings in the university’s stadium..

Last month, Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), wrote a letter to Zygi Wilf, the Vikings’ owner asking him to keep the R-word from being used in “promotional and game date materials and public address announcements” during the game on November 2 -- which is the first time in the season that the teams will play against each other -- and she copied the university’s president Eric Kaler.

McCollum also said in the letter that the university’s stadium was built with funding from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux and argued that the university has a non-discrimination policy.

Kaler wrote McCollum back and said that he agreed that the name is offensive and needs to be replaced. He also said that the university does not “have specific authority over NFL team behaviors or the Minnesota Vikings schedule” but that they would work with the Vikings to “make every effort to eliminate the use of Washington’s team name” from their game.

Meanwhile, Lester Bagley, the Vikings executive vice president of public affairs, released this statement, which was posted on Deadspin:

Lester Bagley, the Vikings' executive vice president of public affairs, said Wednesday night that the team is still deciding how it will handle the college's request to eliminate the use of the Redskins' name for the Nov. 2 game. He said Vikings and school officials met once on the issue, in late July at the university, but plan on further talks between now and November.

"We take the issue very seriously, but we're just getting ready for our season and we've been very focused on training camp and the preseason, and to be honest, we don't have a game plan for our Nov. 2 game versus Washington," Bagley said.

According to the Washington Post, Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie said Wednesday night that the team disagrees with the school’s effort to ban the name at the game. “We have met many native Americans from Minnesota who agree with our position and feel we are using the term correctly and honorably,” he said.

While the Vikings are waiting for their new stadium to be built, the team will play all of their home games at the University of Minnesota. According to the Associated Press, the Vikings pay $250,000 to the university to host each game.

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(from the article): According to the Washington Post, Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie said Wednesday night that the team disagrees with the school’s effort to ban the name at the game. “We have met many native Americans from Minnesota who agree with our position and feel we are using the term correctly and honorably,” he said. ____________________________ Hmmmph! When will they get it through their thick skulls that finding a few Natives who don't care one way or another DOES NOT mean an endorsement of the team name by ALL Native Americans? _______________________ Hell, the article I'm about to cite is about an African-American man who not only JOINED the KKK he was made a leader of the group (they didn't know he was an undercover policeman). __________________ "The undercover cop said he received a signed card by Grand Wizard David Duke stating the local chapter was so impressed with his work and loyalty that they wanted him to become one its top members. Stallworth said they took a unanimous vote and decided, because he was such a dedicated and loyal Klansman, they wanted him to become the leader of the Ku Klux Klan chapter." http://guardianlv.com/2014/05/how-did-a-black-man-become-leader-of-the-kkk/ _______________________ It's not difficult to draw a parallel between Daniel Snyder and David Duke. They're both besieged by minorities who are tired of their racism. It behooves them to draw as many of the offended races into their fold so they can say, "See! We're not racists. We even have (your minority goes here) members in our group and THEY aren't offended! _______________________________ As much as it burns their ass to do so, they should listen to Obama who said, "If even ONE PERSON is offended you should think about changing the name!"
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