DeAngelo Hall Says Redskins “Probably Should” Change Name

We haven't discussed the Redskins name for a while, so let's revisit that topic of conversation with comments that cornerback DeAngelo Hall made in a recent television appearance.

Hall was on Fox Sports' "Keepin’ it Real with Mike Hill," and he was asked about the team name at the end of the conversation.

“I think eventually they will change it,” he said.

But when pressed for more, he expanded.

"They probably should. But they won't for a while at least."

Hall is the first player currently employed by the Redskins to comment on the name, which I'm sure may not go over well with owner Dan Snyder.

Hall becomes a free agent in March.


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The Oneida Indian Nation praised Hall for his comments in a press release:

“With his comments today DeAngelo Hall has become the first current Washington player to state the obvious, which is that the team should change its name and mascot to something other than a dictionary-defined racial slur that denigrates Native Americans,” said Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter. “On behalf of the Oneida Nation’s Change the Mascot campaign I would like to congratulate DeAngelo Hall for having the moral courage to speak out against injustice. Hall joins an ever-expanding group who has spoken out against the Washington team’s continued use of the R-word, including public health experts, civil rights groups, editorial boards, city councils, sports-industry icons, leading members of Congress from both parties, and the President of the United States. 

"DeAngelo Hall has set a fine example for his teammates and others in the NFL by placing himself on the right side of history. Hopefully others in the NFL, including Washington’s owner Dan Snyder and the league’s leadership will finally decide to step forward and do the right thing.”

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