CBS Analyst Phil Simms To Avoid Saying ‘Redskins’

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS lead analyst Phil Simms plans to try to avoid saying “Redskins” during Washington’s nationally televised game against the New York Giants.

The network airs the matchup Thursday night as part of its new NFL package. Simms first told The Associated Press last month that he would call the team “Washington” during the broadcast.

The former Giants quarterback said he wasn’t taking sides on whether the club should change its nickname, but he was sensitive to complaints that the term is offensive.

Simms’ broadcast partner, play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz, said then that it’s “not my job to take a stance.”

Most TV commentators have kept using “Redskins” this season amid growing criticism of the name.

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Gregg Palermo says:

September 25, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Maybe he could substitute “Yukon Gold” or “Russet”

Keith ONeal says:

September 25, 2014 at 7:38 pm

I’ll tell you what, if these people consider “Redskins” offensive, than why don’t they say that “Chiefs” (Kansas City) or “Indians” (Cleveland’s Major League Baseball team) is offensive as well? That sounds like a double standard to me, and these people are hypocrites! The Washington D.C. football team has had the “Redskins” name in its entire existence; the owner has no intention of changing the name; and Simms is an a**!

Dale Godfrey says:

September 25, 2014 at 9:41 pm

So the NCAA tells U of North Dakota that they must drop using the name ‘Fighting Sioux’ or else lose all chances at hosting any conference playoff games, plus other sanctions, yet they willingly allow Central Michigan University to call their team the Chippewas? And Florida State’s team remains the Seminoles? What a bunch of shit this is all becoming, thanks to the 100% POLITICAL NCAA, NFL, Major League Baseball, etc.