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October 5, 2015

Reid Won’t Attend Anymore Redskins Home Games

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Reid says he will never attend another Redskins home game. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has no interest in attending a Washington Redskins game until the football team changes its name.

The Nevada Democrat said that in a letter dated June 12 to Redskins team President Bruce Allen. Reid was responding to an earlier invitation by Allen for Reid to attend a home game at FedExField.

“I will not stand idly by while a professional sports team promotes a racial slur as a team name and disparages the American people. Nor will I consider your invitation to attend a home game until your organization chooses to do the right thing and change its offensive name,” Reid said.

The full text of the newest letter appears below:

Dear Mr. Allen:

I received your letter and invitation to attend a Washington, D.C. football team event.

During my time in the United States Senate, I have worked to right many of the injustices endured by Americans throughout the country. Among the most egregious in the history of our country are those injustices inflicted upon American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. This is personal for me. I represent 27 tribes as the Senator from Nevada and have worked to protect their homelands and their sovereignty. I have a duty to ensure that the United States uphold centuries-old treaty and trust obligations towards Native Americans, and I take this responsibility very seriously.

I will not stand idly by while a professional sports team promotes a racial slur as a team name and disparages the American people. Nor will I consider your invitation to attend a home game until your organization chooses to do the right thing and change its offensive name.


Harry Reid

United States Senator

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  1. Cal Ven

    June 16, 2014
    9:08 p.m.

    Harry Reid is a useful idiot!

  2. Allen Jacobs

    June 16, 2014
    9:18 p.m.

    Good for Dan Snyder!!! Don’t change the Redskin’s name!!

  3. Layla

    June 17, 2014
    7:29 a.m.

    Yet we are stuck with a Congress who values law breaking ILLEGALS over the rights of American citizens….Is there anything else we can arrange to keep you at your desk, Mr. Reid?

  4. sama81

    June 17, 2014
    8:45 a.m.

    Good!!! He is an IDIOT. GOOD RIDANCE.

  5. sama81

    June 17, 2014
    9:41 a.m.

    Harry, the term “Redskin” is not near as offensive as the term “Senator”.

    • Barbara Paine

      June 17, 2014
      11:29 a.m.

      Love that analogy!

  6. AD

    June 17, 2014
    10:38 a.m.

    How many NFL games has Sen. Reid ever attended?

  7. Barbara Paine

    June 17, 2014
    11:27 a.m.

    Don’t fret about it Harry. At this rate Mr. Snyder is smart enough not to change the Skins’ name, and you might even be back in Nevada come November. I do not believe your absence will be missed one iota! Go Dan Snyder! From one native born Washingtonian to another – The Redskins they will ever be – brave, proud and on the warpath!

  8. Nobama

    June 17, 2014
    2:03 p.m.

    Anybody really give a Flying F___?; God Damn Sharron Angle for giving this piece of Sh__ another term.

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    June 17, 2014
    4:31 p.m.


    • Joe Tokoph

      June 18, 2014
      8:23 p.m.

      Many more than that!!

  10. sndrmrv

    June 17, 2014
    10:14 p.m.

    Reid does not even pay for the tickets. He gets invited.

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    June 18, 2014
    8:15 p.m.

    Thanks Harry glad you wont be there you POS!

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