Oh, Washington. Even when you're not playing, you're stepping in it.
Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall has thrown himself headlong into the Great Redskins Name Change Debate. Well, "thrown himself" might be a bit much, but regardless, he's in it now: Hall is the first active Redskins player to call for a change to the team's name, albeit tepidly.
On the Fox Sports show "Keepin' It Real With Mike Hill," Hall was asked about whether the Redskins should change their name; protesters have said that "Redskins" is a racially insensitive and outdated term.
“I think eventually they will change it,” Hall said. When pressed, Hall edged a bit further down the line: “They probably should,” he said, “but they won’t for a while at least.”
And that was all it took for protesters to mark this day as a watershed moment, a day when an active player took a stand — a wobbly stand, yes, but still a stand — against the name. To date, only former players have criticized the name, and many of those have recanted when pressed on the issue.
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has dug in hard on the name-change issue, saying on repeated occasions that he will never change the name. In October, he sent a letter to the team's fans noting that "After 81 years, the team name 'Redskins' continues to hold the memories and meaning of where we came from, who we are, and who we want to be in the years to come."
Hall was playing on a one-year contract with the Redskins. It'll be interesting to see if he now re-signs with the team, or if he just Kluwed himself out of a job.