The debate over the team name, Washington Redskins, is still ongoing.
Philadelphia Eagles guard Allen Barbre said he does not use the word. His great-great grandfather was the chief of the Tunica-Biloxi tribe of Louisiana and his grandfather lives on the reservation there.
“It’s probably offensive to some people, and I can see why,” Barbre said to NJ.com’s Mark Eckel. “It’s certainly a derogatory term from back in the day, but I never put a lot into it.
“As a matter of fact, though, I just don’t say it. I don’t use the word.”
He instead refers to Washington as the “pigskins.” Barbre is very attached to his Native American roots. He visits the reservation once a year.
The name of the franchise has been an issue for decades, but it used to pop up from time to time, and then vanish. In recent years the issue has not gone away, with more and more people and organizations refusing to say or publish the name.
Owner Dan Snyder is adamant the name of the team will never change, and wrote an open letter to fans about the history of the name in 2013. There is far from a consensus on this issue, but at least it has stayed on people’s minds this time.