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President Obama Speaks Out Over Redskins Name

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The controversy over the Washington Redskins name continues with the President of the United States speaking out, and the team responding.

On Saturday, President Obama told the Associated Press that if he owned the team, he would consider changing the name.

While he said that he is sure Redskins fans do not mean any harm with the name, he does not think it should overshadow the concerns of Native Americans who feel that the name is offensive.

The team released a statement through their attorney, Lanny J. Davis, in response to the president's comments.

"The Redskins respect everyone. But like devoted fans of the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Blackhawks, the fans love their team and its name and, like those fans, they do not intend to disparage or disrespect a racial or ethnic group."

In that same statement, the attorney cited two national polls that claim the majority of Americans and Native Americans say the name should not be changed.

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