Source: Erik Brady/USAToday
According to USA Today, CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus told The Hollywood Reporter that it will be up to CBS announcers and production teams whether they will use the official team name of the Washington NFL club this season. This despite the fact that the term Redskin is a known offensive racial slur, has been vehemently opposed by most Native Nations for decades, and Washington NFL club owner, George Marshall, who named the team was a known racist and white supremacist.
“We haven’t talked to them yet,” McManus told THR. “Generally speaking, we do not tell our announcers what to say or not say. Up to this point, it has not been a big issue for us. Last year, it was simmering; now it’s reaching a hotter level. But we probably will not end up dictating to our announcers whether they say Redskins or don’t say Redskins.” “We leave that up to them and our production team. There are times when something becomes important enough that we talk to them, and between now and the start of football season we’ll decide what is the right thing to do.”
CBS’ official stance seems to be at odds with CBS’s official diversity statement: “CBS understands that a great company is only as strong and effective as the people that work within it. CBS is committed to fostering an environment that attracts and embraces the brightest minds and creating a culture that welcomes a diversity of ideas and perspectives while encouraging growth and rewarding performance.” So, hopefully before the NFL season starts, CBS will reconsider and instruct announcers to discontinue the usage of such an ugly word.