Mark Moseley, who was the Washington Redskins' placekicker from 1974 to 1986, is one of the former players participating in the Washington Redskins Original Americans Fund visits to reservations, such as a recent one to Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation in Montana. Moseley is also doing the media rounds, which on Sunday night included a chat on News Channel 8's "Sports Talk After the Game," a local Washington, DC sports talk show.
In the video below, Moseley introduces the interesting theory that American Indians are upset with the Washington Redskins because they feel the team "brought this on to them… trying to make [American Indians] look bad."
Although we have yet to hear a supporter of the name actually use it to refer to an American Indian, Moseley came close. "If it was Indians [who object to the name], then I would be concerned," he said. "But everyone that’s said anything to me has been a white man or a black man. No red men have said anything derogatory to me about it."
The team's owner Daniel Snyder, its lawyer, and now former players doing PR (Gary Clark and Chris Cooper also made the trip to Rocky Boy) have clearly decided to try to frame the issue as one that only non-Indians care about, and Moseley was on message Sunday night. Washington's ABC-7 WJLA station catalogued some of Moseley's statements from the full interview. These include:
"You can get offended by anything. I can get offended by what somebody’s saying to me. But the Redskins, if we start changing, to me they’re attacking my amendment rights that I have."
"The word redskins was a solidarity name that the Indians gave themselves back when they were negotiating with the white man."
"We’ve interviewed over a thousand people. We’ve talked to over a thousand Indians, and not one – not even one – has said anything about it being derogatory to them."