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TODAY   |  September 10, 2013

Some sports journalists refuse to say ‘Redskins’

The NFL team representing Washington, D.C., is getting tackled off the field as a growing number of American sports journalists are declining to use the team name “Redskins,” considering it demeaning to Native Americans. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King is the latest reporter to consciously cut the word out of his NFL vernacular, saying he will not use “a name that a cross-section of our society feels is insulting.”

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>>> washington redskins suffered a bad loss last night to the philadelphia eagles on monday night football but off the field the team has a bigger problem. a growing number of reporters are now refusing to use the redskins name saying it's a slur against native americans . peter king , for example of sports illustrated and nbc sports is just the latest. he wrote, i don't want to be a part of using a name that a cross-section of our society feels is insulting. this has been brewing for awhile. a lot of people complaining with the name. the owner says we're sticking with the name.

>> a lot of reporters tried to write around it.

>> washington plays philadelphia. washington loses but not using the team name.

>> well, and sports illustrated did a poll of native americans and 75% of them were not offended by the name. if they're not offended.