Remember on Tuesday when Redskins Hall-of-Famers Art Monk and Darrell Green told WTOP that the team that they won a combined five Super Bowls with/for should change their racially-insensitive nickname?
Green appeared on 106.7 The Fan's LaVar & Dukes Wednesday to discuss the matter, and more or less walked back his previous claim:
“In no way I want to see the Redskins change their name,” Green told 106.7 The Fan’s Lavar and Dukes. “So that just makes that clear. And I’ll speak for Art, there’s no way he wants it, and I guarantee he didn’t say it, and I know I didn’t say it.”
Green insists he was simply trying to emphasize if someone is offended by the name, then a conversation, if nothing else, is warranted.
“What my real comment in response to the question was, ‘Does it deserve merit?’” Green clarified. “And my comments were that, ‘Look, if it offended somebody – if somebody was offended, then I think it merits at least a discussion.’ I mean, goodness, I mean, people should be able to say ‘Hey, you offended me’ and somebody should be able to have a dialogue. Now, where it lands, that’s another thing.”
“You know and I know, in your industry, certain people, you know, they want to have different agendas and they’ve got stuff to say, and you know, you want people to think this,” Green later added.
Perhaps the most interesting portion of Green's interview was his belief that the name change saga lacks a public face, à la Rodney King or Trayvon Martin.
"Some of these issues have a face and a personality,” Green said. “One thing I will say on the Redskins side of it, there is no face or personality.”
As Deadspin points out, however, there are plenty of faces and victims in this story, but "many are dead [while] others are alive, and have petitioned Snyder to change the name."
And the beat goes on.
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