D.C. officials, including Mayor Vincent Gray, are in talks to bring the Redskins back to the city after the team left for Landover, Md. 15 years ago. The idea: that the team’s headquarters and training facilities open in Hill East, near RFK Stadium.
Just as with the “Linsanity” craze, talks over relocating the Redskins to D.C. has revived a debate over whether the team’s name is offensive. As Washington Examiner columnist Harry Jaffe points out, the D.C. Council passed a resolution in 2001 that the Redskins should change its team name because it “is offensive and hurtful to many Native Americans” and “to all people who reject racial stereotypes and bigotry as socially and morally unacceptable.” And it looks like some elected officials, such as Ward 6 Councilman Tommy Wells, still view the name as a sticking point.