Rick Reilly's Father-In-Law says Reilly misquoted him, and wants the name "Redskins" banned

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Rick Reilly wrote a piece for ESPN: The Magazine, in which he quotes his father-in-law, an elder with the Blackfoot Nation, as defending the team name "Washington Redskins." His father-in-law writes that Reilly got it wrong.

This is off-topic and has nothing to do with the Rangers, but its something that is meaningful to me, and so I wanted to share.

A few weeks ago, Rick Reilly wrote a piece for ESPN: The Magazine that defended the Washington football team's use of the nickname "Redskins," saying, in essence, it is white people who are upset about it, and many Native Americans are not offended by it.  In support of that piece, he cited his father-in-law, who is a Native American.

Well...Rick Reilly's father-in-law has written a piece saying Reilly mis-quoted him, and explaining why the term "Redskins" is offensive to him and other Native Americans, and why he wishes it were no longer used.  I'd urge you to read the whole essay, but there's a couple of items in particular that are quote-worthy:

I’ve spent a lifetime humbly working to learn, to preserve, to teach and to help us to remember who we are as a distinct people.

So you can imagine my dismay when I saw my name and words used to defend the racist Washington Redskins name.

And why he wrote this essay:

When Rick’s article came out, it upset me to be portrayed as an "Uncle Tom" in support of this racial slur. I asked him to correct the record. He has not, so I must do it myself.

This is a pretty huge deal, and I am anxious to see how ESPN responds to this.

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