Jeb Bush doesn’t think the Redskins should change their name

30 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

2016 candidate Jeb Bush: I don’t find Washington NFL team name offensive.

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush (R) says the Washington Redskins team name should not be changed and is not offensive, the former Florida governor tells Sirius XM’s “The Arena” radio show. “I don’t think [the team] should change it. With state, local and national politicians having jumped into the Redskins name debate in recent years, it was inevitable that presidential contenders would have their say. Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive.” “We had a similar kind of flap with FSU if you recall, the Seminoles, and the Seminole tribe itself kind of came to the defense of the university and it subsided.

The former president is hosting a fund-raising lunch in northwest Arkansas on Friday that is expected to attract many Walmart executives, and he recently added a fund-raising event next month in Denver to his schedule. In Wednesday’s comments, Bush did not disclose the fact that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder also donated $100,000 to Bush’s presidential campaign’s Right to Rise Super PAC, which is a legally unaffiliated pro-Bush committee that Bush has actively raised money for. Washington has a huge fan base,” Bush added. “I’m missing something here I guess.” The name of Washington’s NFL team has been a consistent maelstrom of controversy for years, with several Native American groups protesting the team on multiple occasions. The current administration has said the National Park Service would be unlikely to accommodate construction of a new Redskins stadium on the RFK Stadium site unless the team changes its name. That has extended the endless debate over the nickname, and it seems like this could be the start of 2016 presidential candidates giving their two cents on the matter.

The Bush interview came on a new program called The Arena, hosted by ABC News’s Rick Klein and ESPN’s Andy Katz, and exploring the intersection of sports and politics.

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