Former Washington Redskins kicker Mark Moseley defended the team's nickname, saying that no Native American he has talked to has a problem with the name.
Moseley played for the Redskins from 1974-1986 and won the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award in 1982. He is still the only placekicker to win the award.
He said that he would have a different opinion if he heard Native Americans complaining about the nickname, but he claims he hasn't talked to any Native Americans who have a problem with the name.
“If it was Indians, then I would be concerned,” Moseley said, via ABC 7 WJLA. “But everyone that’s said anything to me has been a white man or a black man. No red men have said anything derogatory to me about it.”
Moseley said people are offended by the name because people can be offended by anything.
"But the Redskins, if we start changing, to me they’re attacking my amendment rights that I have," Moseley said. "To me, the name Redskins is something that does not offend anybody.
Redskins owner Daniel Snyder again this week reiterated his stance that he will never change the nickname.
Moseley also said that one positive of the debate over the nickname has been greater public exposure to "deplorable" living conditions for many Native Americans.
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