Ben Tribbett, political blogger, to resign from Washington Redskins 2 weeks after being hired to defend name
LANDOVER, Md. (WJLA) – Less than two weeks after being hired by the Washington Redskins, political blogger Ben Tribbett has announced plans to resign.
Tribbett, 34, who was hired by the Redskins to help the team in its fight over its controversial name. He announced his decision to resign on his Twitter account on Monday.
Obv. this issue with Redskins is one where I don’t see eye to eye with some friends. I just don't agree with the attacks on the team name.— Ben Tribbett (@notlarrysabato) July 8, 2014
I don’t want to be a distraction to the team as the political attacks have shifted towards being personal towards me.— Ben Tribbett (@notlarrysabato) July 8, 2014
So I’m going to send in my resignation to the Redskins. Hopefully that allows debate to move back to where it should be.— Ben Tribbett (@notlarrysabato) July 8, 2014
It is unclear what prompted Tribbett's sudden decision to resign.
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the Oneida Indian Nation released a statement about Tribbett's resignation Tuesday from NCAI Executive Director Jackie Pata and Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter that read:
“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.
The only tenable solution for the team is to recognize that the R-word racial epithet is deeply offensive to Native Americans, to quit pretending that this word somehow honors them, and to stop using this slur. If Dan Snyder wants to stop embarrassing himself, his team, its fan base and the NFL, then he should approach the issue of the name from an honest and genuine standpoint.”
The Redskins have yet to comment on Tribbett's announcement.