TODAY   |  October 06, 2013

If a team’s name offends some, should it be changed?

The controversy regarding the name of the Washington Redskins football team continues, spurring public debate over what’s really in a name. TODAY viewers weigh in.

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>> asked this question in an interview with the associated press. he was asked whether washington should change the name of their football team . here's a snippet of what the president said.

>> i've got to say, if i were the owner of the team, and i knew that there was a name of my team, even if it had a storied history that was offending a sizeable group of people, i would think -- i'd think about changing it. but, you know, i don't want to detract from the wonderful redskins fans that are here. they love their team and rightly so.

>> so we put the question to you. we went to today.com, survey question right there on the home page . if a sports team name offends a group of people, should it be changed and an overwhelming number of folks who responded said no. 75% said no, 25% said yes. the conversation continued on twitter. becky saying, absolutely not. this idea of offending people has gotten out of hand. lighten up, people. and christie also chimed in, saying it's more than a group of people. it's a nation of people. the conversation will undoubtedly continue on social media , as well, lester and erica.

>> and continuing else where, too, because the team's attorney responded to the president, including a recent poll from the associated press showing nine out of ten native americans don't think the name should be changed.