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Loudoun County passes resolution supporting Washington Redskins name

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(WJLA) - Scott York, the chairman of Loudoun County's Board of Supervisors, is among the great many who want the Washington Redskins to change their name.

He just doesn't want to change it in the fashion that the masses do.

York and the Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Wednesday on a resolution to support the Redskins nickname and decried other cities and organizations that have called for the team to change their name.

In an appearance on NewsChannel 8 Friday, York said that team owner Daniel Snyder, though, should consider one change.

"I would encourage them to potentially change it to Virginia Redskins," he said.

Redskins Park, the sprawling complex that houses both the team's corporate offices and practice facilities, is in Ashburn, and York said that the team and franchise have long done good for both the community and his county.

"We believe this is political correctness run amok," York said. "We decided enough was enough. We are very proud of having them in Loudoun County and they do a great service for us in this community."

Despite their regional identifier, the Redskins do not at all operate within the District of Columbia. While they practice in Loudoun County, the team has played since 1997 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.

The D.C. Council voted 10-0 Tuesday to pass a resolution urging the team to change its name.

"This City Council resolution is yet another call for Washington's team owner to do the right thing by halting the callous use of the R-word and moving the team in a positive direction," the resolution read.

It was the latest in a long string of calls for the team to change its name, something that Snyder said he would NEVER - emphasis his - do.

 

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