The 'Redskins' are now the 'Bears'
It is a flag football team
A Brooklyn youth football team is doing what the Washington Redskins has refused to do — change the name.
Bowing to complaints from parents, the Saint Francis Xavier Youth Sports League in Park Slope dropped what many consider a derogatory term to describe Native Americans.
The team, one of 32 in the flag football league, will now be called the Bears.
“It was causing controversy, and we’re more interested in having kids play,” said Stanley Lehman, one of the organizers of the league, which kicks off its season on Sept. 13 in Prospect Park.
Lehman said the team was new to the league this year and the Redskins name had been chosen by the coach, Edward Tully.
Lehman said he had hesitations about using the name, but Tully argued the name had a rich, long history in the NFL.
Racist! Of course-
Kris Franklin, whose 12-year-old son, Gabriel, was assigned to the team, was the first parent to complain, writing a post on the league’s website. Another parent chimed in calling the name “racist.”
“The idea of having to go there and say ‘Yeah team’ when it’s a team name that I find offensive is really troubling,” Franklin said Wednesday.