Costas said he didn’t think Redskins owner Dan Snyder or anyone in the organization harbored ill will toward Native Americans. But he added that it’s no excuse for keeping the name.
“Think for a moment about the term ‘Redskins,’ and how it truly differs from all the others,” he said, rifling off the difference between “Redskins” and team names that he said “honor” Native Americans, like Braves, Chiefs, and Warriors.
“Ask yourself what the equivalent would be if directed towards African Americans, Hispanics, Asians or any other ethnic group. When considered that way, ‘Redskins’ can’t possibly honor a heritage or noble character trait, nor can it possibly be considered a neutral term. It’s an insult, a slur, no matter how benign the present day intent.”