Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ditka: Redskins Offensive to 'Idiots'

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ditka: Redskins Offensive to 'Idiots'

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CBS analyst and former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms earlier this week joined Tony Dungy as on-air TV voices who will not refer to the team in Washington as the Redskins.

Don't expect NFL lifer Mike Ditka to join them.

The legendary NFL player and coach, who starred at Aliquippa High School and Pitt, didn't hold back in a recent interview, telling the Redskins Historian website in no uncertain terms that Washington's team absolutely, positively and without a doubt should keep its name, no matter who it offends.

According to Ditka, those offended are merely "politically correct idiots" and "liberals who complain about everything" who are "silly" and "asinine." The current ESPN NFL analyst also calls the controversy "stupid," "appalling" and a bad word that means horse feces.

"I hope that owner keeps fighting for it and never changes it, because the Redskins are part of American football history and they should never be anything but the Washington Redskins," he said. "That's the way it is."

"It's been the name of the team since the beginning of football. It has nothing to do with something that happened lately or something that somebody dreamed up. This was the name, period. Leave it alone."


Ditka's rant was offset by an interview former referee Mike Carey did with the Washington Post. Carey, who recently retired to accept a job as rules analyst for CBS Sports, spent 19 seasons as an NFL referee but did not officiate a Redskins game for nearly all of the final eight years of his career. That was by request -- because he disapproves of their name. "It just became clear to me that to be in the middle of the field, where something disrespectful is happening, was probably not the best thing for me," said Carey, who was the first African-American referee to work a Super Bowl. "I know that if a team had a derogatory name for African-Americans, I would help those who helped extinguish that name. …

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