RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WUSA9) - Three Virginia state lawmakers are forming a "Redskins Pride Caucus" to defend the Washington, D.C.-based football team that's come under pressure to change its name.
Fairfax Democratic Sen. Chap Petersen, Manassas Republican Del. Jackson Miller and Loudoun Republican Del. David Ramadan scheduled a news conference Monday at the Capitol to announce the caucus' formation.
In a news release, the lawmakers said their caucus would support "commercial freedom" in Virginia and oppose what they call Congress' "inappropriate involvement" in issues related to the Redskins.
Last week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled that the Redskins name is disparaging to Native Americans and that the team should be stripped of federal trademark protection. And, last month, 50 U.S. senators sent a letter to the team urging it to change its name.
With the involvement of the federal government in the name change debate, the endless pressure from some nationally recognized Native American groups and the seemingly constant news coverage recently, it might be easy to assume that this controversy is a controversy everywhere.
WUSA9, a Gannet Broadcasting-owned television station, reached out to our sister stations across the country to see if the name controversy extend beyond the D.C. region? If it's a "controversy" elsewhere? Does anyone else even care?
"I'm not really following that story, I just sort of saw some headlines," said one man interviewed by WUSA9 sister station in Houston, Texas, KHOU.
"I don't think too much of it. I'm not from the area. I don't really follow the team so I don't really have a stake in it," admitted Connor Smith in Buffalo, New York.
"I think it's irrelevant because nobody really cares. Who pays attention to the Redskins? Nobody," said Scott Cassidy in Tampa, Florida.
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