Snyder Defends Redskins Name Again

(Undated) -- Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is defending the team's nickname once again. Snyder tells ESPN's "Outside the Lines" that he doesn't have to bow to pressure to change the nickname because it isn't disparaging to Native Americans. He instead believes the term is of honor and respect. Snyder adds that the team was named to honor its first coach, William Henry "Lone Star" Dietz. He also points out that former president of the National Congress of American Indians and chairman of the Blackfeet Nation Walter "Blackie" Wetzel had a hand in designing the team's logo.
Several politicians have called on Snyder to change the name, including Senator Harry Reid and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. President Barack Obama has previously stated that if he was the owner of the team, he'd think about making a change. Tuesday, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley said it's "probably time" for the Redskins to change the nickname. The team plays its home games at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.