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Tuesday’s Morning Mashup: NFL to meet with Indian tribe about Redskins nickname

10.08.13 at 8:17 am ET

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‘€¢ The NFL appears to be softening on its support for the Redskins nickname. The league announced Monday that it will meet with members of the Oneida Indian tribe to discuss offensive names and mascots.

The tribe is holding a symposium in Washington to promote its “Change the Mascot” campaign, coinciding with the NFL owners fall meetings across town. Tribe spokesman Ray Halbritter said the Redskins nickname is “an outdated sign of division and hate.”

“We respect that people have differing views,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said. “It is important an that we listen to all perspectives.”

Redskins lineman Chris Chester is conflicted about the situation.

“It’€™s really tough,” he said. “And I mean this sincerely: I get both sides of the argument. I see how it can offend some people, but I feel like the context that this organization has, there’€™s no negative connotation. You wouldn’€™t name your team something you didn’€™t have respect for. At least I wouldn’€™t. I mean, I understand, too, that it offends some people, so I sympathize with both sides.”

A number of politicians, however — like Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton — see only one resolution to the situation.

“This name is going to go into the dustbin of history,” she said.

‘€¢ Lions center Dominic Raiola, who has a history of confrontations with fans, allegedly hurled insults at some members of the University of Wisconsin band prior to Sunday’s 22-9 loss to the Packers in Green Bay.

“The band was lined up in the end zone preparing to finish ‘The Star-Spangled Banner,’ which would complete the pregame, and basically they were verbally assaulted by a member of the Detroit Lions team,” band director Michael Leckrone said. “To their credit, they just stood there and did what they were supposed to do, which is focus on their performance.

“I think they were a little bit shaken by it, and they reported it to me after the conclusion of the pregame show, and we were back in our seats.”

The Lions issued a statement Monday saying they would look into the incident, saying. “Those reports are extremely inconsistent with the standard of behavior we expect from our players and from every member of the organization.” The University of Wisconsin said it received an apology from the Lions as well.

Raiola has been fined twice before for interactions with fans, once when he made a gesture at a Detroit fan during the Lions’ winless 2008 season and again following a verbal altercation with a fan in Miami in which he used an obscene gesture.

‘€¢ Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith is not happy with the officiating in Sunday’s game vs. the Cardinals, a 22-6 Carolina loss. Although he made his own mistakes — including two dropped balls, one that would have been a touchdown — Smith was more upset with umpire Dan Ferrell for missing what Smith felt was pass interference and incorrectly spotting the ball on another occasion.

“To be honest, I make enough money where if Roger [Goodell] wants to fine me, he can,” Smith said Monday. “I really think that referee probably was the sorriest referee I have ever met.”

Added Smith: “No. 64, he was garbage. There is a lot of things I would let him hold, but nothing valuable.”

Smith did admit, “My dropped pass cost us the game,” but he continued to rant about the official as well.

“He received a check that day,” Smith said. “I hope he feels good, because he was terrible.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA (answer below): On Oct. 8, 2004, the Red Sox squandered a five-run lead in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Angels at Fenway Park. However, in the bottom of the 10th, which Red Sox player blasted the game-winning home run to completed the series sweep?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m sure there’s an attitude they have nothing to lose and just let it all hang out. That’s what we’ve been accustomed to for years against the Rays. As I mentioned before the series started, we have tremendous respect for them and we know it will be a very similar game tomorrow night.” — Red Sox manager John Farrell, after Monday night’s 5-4 loss in Game 3 of the ALDS

STAT OF THE DAY: 6 — Rebounds in the first half of Monday night’s preseason game for the Celtics, who dropped a 97-89 decision to the Raptors

‘NET RESULTS (mobile users, check the website to see the videos): During Monday’s ALDS Game 3 between the A’s and Tigers in Oakland, A’s closer Grant Balfour takes exception to Victor Martinez staring at him after a foul ball and has an angry exchange.

Here’s time-lapse video of Oakland’s Coliseum being transformed between the A’s game Saturday night and Raiders game the following evening.

Kings goalie Jonathan Quick loses his stick and deflects the puck into his own net in Monday’s 3-1 loss to the Rangers.


SOOTHING SOUNDS: Robert Bell, lead singer of Kool & the Gang, was born on this day in 1950.

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