Blogger hired to defend Redskins name resigns

WASHINGTON (WUSA9/ -- A political blogger hired by the Redskins to defend the team's name announced his intention to resign after only two weeks on the job.

Ben Tribbett announced the decision in a series of tweets:

The Oneida Indian Nation and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), which lead the national Change the Mascot campaign, issued the following statement about Tribbett's resignation:

"The growing opposition to the team's name is about far more than any one person—it is a civil rights and human rights issue and it is time for the team and the NFL to stand on the right side of history and change the mascot.

"In trying to continue profiting off of a racial slur, Washington team officials have attempted to assemble a political attack machine, but that has only underscored their insensitivity. Dan Snyder selected a person who financially harmed Native Americans to run a foundation to defend his team's name. Then Snyder hired a blogger to defend the name, even though that person previously publicly insulted Native Americans and also admitted the team's name is a racial slur. The fundamental lesson in each of those humiliating episodes should be obvious: there is simply no way to justify promoting, marketing and profiting off of a dictionary-defined racial slur."

In an interview with the Washington Post on Monday, Tribbett said "things got a little out of control on Twitter" and stated his resignation wasn't indicative of his position on the Redskins nickname.

"[My resignation] was not reflective of me changing my position on this at all," Tribbett said. "I supported the Redskins before I took this job. ... I think that's how they found me. I still support them. I don't think [the name is] a slur."


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