By KEN BELSON
Published: October 5, 2013
The long-simmering debate over the Washington Redskins’ name took a new turn when President Obama said that he would consider changing it if he were the team’s owner.
Obama’s comments are likely to stoke the dispute, which has forced the team, the N.F.L. and politicians on both sides of the aisle into the awkward position of defending a nickname that some Native American groups find objectionable.
“I don’t know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real legitimate concerns that people have about these things,” Obama said in an interview Friday with The Associated Press.
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