The Redskins players did not discuss last week’s poll about whether or not Native Americans are offended by the team’s nickname, linebacker Su’a Cravens.
Last week, The Washington Post released a poll that said nine out of 10 Native Americans are not offended by the Redskins' nickname. Seven out of 10 respondents said they don’t feel the word Redskin is disrespectful to Native Americans, and eight out of 10 said they would not be offended if a non-Native American person called them a Redskin.
But Cravens says players aren't paying attention to the poll.
“None,” Cravens told PFT Live when asked if the poll spurred any locker room chatter. “None. There was no talk about it. I mean, that’s all for the public to speak about, and that’s all opinion. I mean, as a team we’re not looking to offend anybody. You know, we’re the Redskins, we’re the people of D.C. and as you can see after the poll I don’t think it offended too many people. But like I said, that’s not for me to get into the discussion or conversation because I don’t know or I’m not too familiar with the problems or what goes into it. But to answer your question, no, we didn’t speak about it at all in the locker room.”
Critics of the nickname say it is racist and disparaging toward Native Americans, while defenders—including Washington owner Dan Snyder—say the name is intended to honor Native Americans. Snyder has said the team will never change the name.