Running Strong for American Indian Youth® National Spokesperson Billy Mills responded to the June 18 decision by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that the use of the term “Redskins” is “disparaging of Native Americans.”
Taking an apparent swipe at Daniel Snyder, owner of the Washington NFL football team, Mills stated on Twitter: “The U.S. Patent Office should never be used to defend a slur. NEVER – you can use caps.”
In an interview with USA Today in May 2013, Snyder was quoted as saying “We’ll never change the name. It’s that simple. NEVER – you can use caps.”
Former Pittsburg Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw, commented that Snyder may regret saying he’ll “never” change the name of the football team, in an interview June 18 on Fox News’ “Outnumbered. “[Snyder] is making a huge mistake by simply saying ‘I will never.’ If you ever say, ‘I will never’ you will eventually have to eat that.”
Bradshaw added that he thinks they should change the name.
Mills, a long-time outspoken critic of the name, added in his tweet, “The Washington Football team claims to listen to public opinions, but many of us question if we’ve been heard. Today’s decision will be heard.”