WASHINGTON (AP/WUSA9) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says it's time for the NFL's Washington Redskins to change their name.
The Nevada Democrat is accusing Redskins owner Daniel Snyder of hiding behind tradition in retaining his team's name.
Reid says his state has 22 tribes and that the only tradition behind the Redskins' name was one of racism.
Reid is congratulating the NBA for banning Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling for life. Sterling was caught in an audio recording making racist comments about blacks.
The senator says it's time for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to follow the NBA's lead and rid his league of bigotry and racism.
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) echoed Reid's sentiments in a statement Wednesday.
"When Adam Silver saw racism, he acted without hesitation to the acclaim of the nation. The increasing controversy and activism surrounding the name of our hometown football team are in search of a similar national sports leader. Roger Goodell, as the commissioner of his league, is inevitably that leader and stands at the crossroad of either leading the NFL to take the morally required action or condoning the current name of Washington's football team," Norton said.