Tri-Cities politician who played for Washington Redskins not a fan of name change
FRANKLIN COUNTY, Wash. — Clint Didier, a Franklin County commissioner and former Washington Redskin, said the NFL franchise’s decision to change the team’s name reflects a turn for the worse for American liberty.
Facing mounting pressure from sponsors Bank of America, Nike, Pepsi and FedEx, and major retailers like Target and Amazon, which pulled Redskins products off their shelves, the franchise announced Monday that it would change the team’s name. For years, the name has been criticized as racially insensitive toward Native Americans.
Didier, who played tight end for the Redskins from 1982-87, said he’s proud to call himself a Redskin, and that he will always remember his old team by that name. He said the name represents a part of the nation’s history that should not be changed.
“We name teams after the people that were here on American soil before we were here, and it’s not offensive to me . . . It’s showing respect and remembering who they were. They’re not going to be forgotten if they’ve got a name on a professional football team,” said Didier.
The part that’s most upsetting to Didier is that he sees the name change as a loss for American liberty within the private sector.
He described the Redskins’ name change as part of a “leftist” shift away from civil liberty, and indicated that the private business should have the freedom to keep the name of their choosing.
“Do you see anybody missing games because they’re called the Redskins? Their stadium’s full,” said Didier.
He later stated, “The left are trying to disrupt the culture of America. They don’t like us being this sovereign nation with individual liberty as our highest political value. It was. I don’t think it is anymore.”
Recently, Didier has been outspoken about his views in civil liberty in regard to Gov. Jay Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order. He’s listed as a plaintiff in a lawsuit filed against Inslee that claims the order is unconstitutional. Republican gubernatorial candidate Tim Eyman and former Richland city council candidate Lisa Thomas are also named as plaintiffs in the suit.