Sen. Harry Reid says he loves to watch the Redskins lose

Friday December 18th, 2015

In May, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid criticized NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for not taking action to change the Washington Redskins’ name.

“I find it stunning that the National Football League is more concerned about how much air is in a football than with a racist franchise name that denigrates Native Americans across the country. The Redskins name is a racist name. So I wish the commissioner would act as swiftly and decisively in changing the name of the D.C. team as he did about not enough air in football,” Reid said.

In an interview with The Washington Post Thursday, Reid reiterated his displeasure with the team, stating that he enjoys watching Washington lose.

“I love sports, it’s an escape for me. But not football. The only time I turn football on during the week, because Kaepenrick is out, is when the Redskins play because I love to see them lose,” Reid said. “And they've lost more than they’ve won this year. If they’re ahead, I turn it off. I check back later to see if they’re losing.”

Reid also added that the Redskins have no choice but to change their name. “It's a loser for them,” he said.

The Redskins are 6–7 after a victory over the Chicago Bears last Sunday. The team is set to take on the Buffalo Bills (6–7) on Sunday.

- Xandria James

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