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What's in a name?

3 years 1 month 2 weeks ago May 09, 2014 May 9, 2014 Friday, May 09 2014 May 09, 2014 7:12 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

WASHINGTON- Add Congress to the name controversy surrounding the NFL's Washington Redskins.

Congressman Henry Waxman of California asked for a hearing calling the name "another example of racial insensitivity in sports" in the wake of Donald Sterling's lifetime ban from the NBA.

Sterling's ban resulted from racist comments made in a private conversation, but Waxman says the offense conduct over the football team's name is "public not private."

Waxman sent a letter to the chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce suggesting the panel use its influence to persuade team owner Dan Snyder and the NFL to change the name.

Snyder has vowed never to change the name, saying it's a "badge of honor."

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