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Bob Costas is not afraid to take a stand.

The veteran broadcaster made waves last December when he used part of an NBC telecast to push for gun control – and he appeared on Sunday Night Football’s halftime show last night to give his opinion on another controversy:

The team name "Redskins."

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Many – including President Obama and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray – believe this name should be changed, considering its derogatory nature and disrespect toward Native Americans.

And Costas clearly agrees.


"Think for a moment about the term ‘Redskins’ and how it truly differs from all the others," Costas said last night on air, comparing this name to similar ones such as Indians and Seminoles.

"Ask yourself what the equivalent would be if directed toward African-Americans, Hispanics, Asians or members of any other ethnic group. When considered that way, ‘Redskins’ can’t possibly honor a heritage or a noble character trait, nor could it possibly be considered a neutral term.

It’s an insult, a slur no matter how benign the present-day intent. It’s fair to say that for a long time now, and certainly in 2013, no offense has been intended but if you take a step back, isn’t it clear to see how offense might legitimately be taken?"

Do you agree with his assessment? Do you think the team name Redskins should be changed?