NBC’s Costas’ halftime rant: Redskins name ‘an insult, a slur’

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Leave our football alone!

That’s the sentiment many sports fans felt when NBC sports commentator Bob Costa shared his liberal views of guns during halftime of a game played following the death of Jovan Belcher, an NFL player who committed suicide in Dec. 2012 after killing his girlfriend.

Nonetheless, Costas again forced his political views on not-so-receptive fans, weighing in Sunday night on the so called controversy around the team name of the Washington Redskins.

Taking a position similar to President Obama, who said names such as “Redskin” offend “a sizable group of people,” Costa said during halftime of Washington’s Sunday night game against the Dallas Cowboys that the team name is “an insult, a slur.”

“Ask yourself what the equivalent would be, if directed at African-Americans,” Costas opined. “Hispanics. Asians. Or members of any other ethnic group. When considered that way, ‘Redskins’ can’t possibly honor a heritage, or a noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term.”

“It is an insult, a slur, no matter now benign the present-day intent,” Costas added.

Never mind that team owner Dan Snyder published an open letter to fans in response to Obama’s remarks that dispels the claim:

The highly respected Annenberg Public Policy Center polled nearly 1,000 self-identified Native Americans from across the continental U.S. and found that 90% of Native Americans did not find the team name “Washington Redskins” to be “offensive.”

In an April 2013 Associated Press survey, 79% of the respondents stated the Washington Redskins should not change their name, while only 1 1% believed the team’s name should change.

Americans love their sports, and football is the undisputed king. Super Bowl Sunday is a national holiday in all but name. Games are a wholesome form of entertainment and watching a contest on television is one of the few times we are immune from the trappings of politics.

Until now.

Leave our football alone!

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Tom Tillison

Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review.He can be reached at tom@bizpacreview.com
About Tom Tillison

Tom is a grassroots activist who distinguished himself as one of the top conservative bloggers in Florida before joining BizPac Review. He can be reached at tom@bizpacreview.com

  • justme

    I’m sorry but I’ve about had it with all this pc bs! This is America. Last time I checked we still have freedom of speech. Why is it that all the minority groups from race to religion to sexuality think they have the right to not be offended??? Well I’m offended that yall get offended at such pinny anny bs? So who do I complain to?

  • uselogic19

    I don’t let the ignorant lefty, Bob Costas, into my home. He appears on the tube, channel gets changed. (Same with Olbermann & Baldwin.) He slurred all Americans with his remarks about us at the Beijing Olympics. If Costas weren’t “doing” sports he’d be hosting on MSNBC.

    • rabbikeen

      Yes… he would be Al Sharpton’s co-host.

    • jigger1231

      Actually, I think Costas would be making his mark in the fast food industry… or sanitary collections.
      IMHO

    • Dave Stanley

      Americans need to learn the meaning of lefty, a person on the left, is not a liberal, Obama Costas or anyone you mentioned are not left wing just because they are left of you, they are Liberals, the left does not exist in America, you are terrified of it, the Democrats would be considered a right wing party in most of the rest of the world, from people all over the political actual left (I am a socialist) stop comparing us with Liberal idiots

  • rabbikeen

    I can’t believe that all this crap means anything…..these piss ants that feel they are being discriminated against…move to the rain forest and talk to the trees….

  • Sadie Boo

    I would think having “washington” affiliated with your team would be more of an insult than “Redskins” – get over your PC selves already!!

  • BabyGirlie

    I had NO idea Bob Costas was Native American.

  • John Craig

    That is the reason, I don’t even watch NBC anymore, because of Bob “TWIT” Costas!!!!!

    • Chip Matthai

      Here, Here !

  • Randy Jensen

    Re name them after the congress, The Washington Liars, Do Nothings, Exempties, Morons, Sluffoffs they all fit

  • Ronald R. Johnson

    Obama and Costa can kiss my behind and a lot more too!. If they don’t like the name then don’t support the team and you can bet they wont be missed. And as to the guns if they don’t like them then don’t own them, but don’t try to force me to like what you like or not like what you don’t like. Costa is not an Indian and neither is our Homosexual Muslim president so screw them on that point and anyone who does not want to own a gun is fine with me, don’t own one ,but don’t tell me I can’t!

  • robbiedobbs

    Maybe they should change the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Jacksonville Hicks or Jacksonville Rednecks. Would anyone be offended by this?