ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) – Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said on Wednesday that he thought the name of the Washington professional football team “probably should be changed” although he supported the name of the team when they applied for governor in 2014.
Hogan, a Republican, was asked on NBC’s “Today” if he thought the NFL team should change its name.
“I think the time has probably come,” said Hogan. “I’m glad they have this discussion. I believe the name will be changed. “
The Washington Redskins play in Landover, Maryland. Hogan grew up in the region as a fan of the team.
“There is a lot of history associated with the name, but I understand that it is a hurtful name, and in the current context, it should probably be changed,” said Hogan.
When Hogan ran for governor in 2014, he expressed support on behalf of the team. In that year, he criticized the decision of the United States Patent and Trademark Office to cancel the registration of the Redskins trademark, stating that the decision regarding the team name should be left to the team owner, Dan Snyder.
In 2014, Hogan told the Washington Times that he liked to “call them the Washington Redskins,” and added that he didn’t think government should have a role to play in determining what a business should be called.
The team announced this month that it has started a “thorough review” of the nickname, which experts and advocates call a “dictionary-defined racial insult”.
Asked by “Today” host Craig Melvin if he admitted the name was an insult, Hogan said “absolutely”.
Snyder has not shown a willingness to change the name since he bought the team in 1999. The recent national race conversation has renewed opposition to the name, prompting the team to revise it official.
Source: AP News