DeAngelo Hall has kept it real.
According to Fox Sports’ Keepin’ it Real With Mike Hill, the “Redskins” cornerback told the news network that the team should “probably” change their name.
"They probably should,” Hall said. “But they won't for a while at least."
Hall’s contract will expire on March 11, quite possibly making it easier for him to speak his mind before becoming a free agent.
Hall is reportedly the first current Redskins player to publicly throw his support against the team's name. Former Washington player and Hall of Famer Art Monk said that the NFL franchise should consider dropping the word.
Most players have dodged that bullet by staying mum when questioned about it (RGIII, for example, was advised not to talk about the pro team's name). However, receiver Josh Morgan is the exception, according to a Washington Post blog post.
“I grew up right down the street from RFK stadium,” Morgan said at the time. “As a matter of fact, I’m sitting here right now. All I know is the Redskins, so I’m glad we’re not going ever to change the name.”
The Oneida Indian Nation congratulated Hall for stepping forward against the name. "With his comments today, DeAngelo Hall has become the first current Washington player to state the obvious, which is that the team should change its name and mascot to something other than a dictionary-defined slur that denigrates Native Americans," said Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter in a press release. Halbritter congratulated Hall and said that he was "on the right side of history." "Hopefully others in the NFL, including Washington’s owner Dan Snyder and the league’s leadership will finally decide to step forward and do the right thing,” Halbritter said.
When pressed by Hill at the end of the interview to elaborate, Hall said, “I think eventually they will change it.”
*This story has been updated