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Senator John McCain

Sen. John McCain Would 'Probably Change' Redskins Name

Simon Moya-Smith

Former presidential hopeful Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona is the latest public official to comment on the Washington Redskins name change controversy.

On Friday, Sen. McCain said if he owned the team he would “probably change” the name. 

McCain, who appeared on the Dan Patrick Show, added that if he were team owner Dan Snyder he would encourage a dialogue with leaders throughout Indian country concerning the caustic name of the Washington team, CBS Sports reports.

“If they think it's that offensive and terrible, I would certainly – probably – I’m not the owner and he has the rights of an owner. But frankly I would probably change the name,” McCain said. “Myself I’m not offended. You’re not offended. But there are Native Americans who are.”

The topic was addressed after McCain was asked about disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. McCain said he cannot equate the Sterling situation with the Redskins debate.

“I’m not sure I connect the two. But I do believe if I were [Snyder] I would sit down with Native American leaders,” he said. “I’ve been involved in Indian Affairs in a long, long time. We have a large Native American population in our state. I’d call the Native American leaders together and I’d sit down with them and say ‘What is it you want?’ If I were him I’d have a dialogue.”

McCain's disposition concerning the team name is quite similar to that of President Barack Obama.

Last October, Mr. Obama stated in an interview with the Associated Press that were he the owner of the team, he’d consider changing the name.

“If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it,” he said.


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Submitted by scd on
OK...let me get this straight. McCain said, "if he owned the team he would 'probably change' the name." "PROBABLY?" Obama said, " I’d think about changing it...” "THINK ABOUT CHANGING IT?" Nope, don't believe either one of them and I don't buy it. McCain has a bad history when it comes to Tribal People...don't trust him as far as I can throw the white "mans" house. Sorry, I meant to say the White House." Obama, oh brother! Obama is a white man in brown skin, don't trust him either. Noooo, someone who has the power, money and backbone should step up and say, "If I were the owner, I would change the name. I would give the Washington NFL football team fans the opportunity to give their opinion on a new name, then vote on it, make the changes to the colors, logo, etc, etc. I will not allow money to continue to be the driving force in humiliating a proud People." Now, THAT'S a real man or woman owner! I might waste 3 hours of my life on Sunday afternoons to watch them. On the other hand...NOT!

Brent Nichol
Brent Nichol
Submitted by Brent Nichol on
Well of course he would, he is a politician they don't get to where they are by being stupid enough to continuously offend a large group of people let alone the Indigenous people of the country they are in. but occasionally you do get an idiot the somehow lucked his/her way up the later to senator or president or congressmen it happens. but good to know.

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Submitted by abogada adelante on
What Senator McCain can do is reach across the isle to his good friend Senator Reid of Nevada and encourage him to call for a full senate vote to confirm the first Native American woman to serve as federal judge in the the history of the United States. Once confirmed, Diane Humetewa will serve the United States District Court for the District of Arizona.