Earlier this month, President Barack Obama said that if he were the owner of the Washington Redskins, he'd "think about changing [the name]."
The president's comment regarding the Washington, D.C. football team brought a new audience to the debate of Native American sport nicknames. Christine Brennan, USA Today sports columnist, says the furor surrounding Dan Snyder's team has reached a tipping point that will end with a name change sooner rather than later.
"So here we are," she wrote. "More important, here Snyder is. And, most important, here the NFL commissioner is. He has a full-blown controversy on his hands now, and it's not going away. He has to deal with it sooner or later. As a man in his 50s, in the midst of a big career with a legacy still to build, there is no way he will let himself be remembered as the person who allowed a terrible slur to continue to be used as a nickname in his league."