NEW ORLEANS - Former Denver Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey says that the Washington Redskins should change its controversial team name.
In an interview with USA TODAY, Bailey said the racial insensitivity of the word “Redskins” is reason enough for the team to make the move of changing the name.
“When you hear a Native American say that ‘Redskins’ is degrading, it’s almost like the N-word for a black person,” Bailey told USA TODAY. “If they feel that way, then it’s not right. They are part of this country. It’s degrading to a certain race. Does it make sense to have the name?”
The issue is important to Bailey, especially since he was drafted by the Redskins in 1999 with their first round pick. He played five seasons with the team before being traded to the Broncos in 2004.
12 Pro Bowls later and on his third team in the New Orleans Saints, the 16-year veteran believes that the Redskins would be wise to distance themselves from the use of the Native American slur.
“They don’t represent anything that name stands for,” Bailey told the newspaper. “It’s a bad reflection of what they really stand for. It’s a bad name.”