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Gazette Premium Content Champ Bailey: Controversial 'Redskins' name like N-word

USA TODAY Sports Updated: June 11, 2014 at 11:14 am

METAIRIE, La. – Count Champ Bailey amid the growing number of people who believe that it is time for Washington’s NFL franchise to change its controversial name.

The New Orleans Saints veteran cornerback, who broke into the NFL as Washington’s first-round pick in 1999, told USA TODAY Sports that the racial insensitivity of the word “Redskins” is reason enough for the team to make the bold move of changing the name.

“When you hear a Native American say that ‘Redskins’ is degrading, it’s almost like the N-word for a black person,” Bailey told USA TODAY Sports. “If they feel that way, then it’s not right. They are part of this country. It’s degrading to a certain race. Does it make sense to have the name?”

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