Sixers forward Mike Scott is a big Washington Redskins fan.
You’ll probably remember the time he single-handedly fought a half-dozen Eagles fans after the drunken slobs used a racial slur in the Lincoln Financial Field parking lot last year. That was a story for the ages.
Today on a Zoom call, the topic of the inevitable name change came up and Scott was asked what he would call the Redskins moving forward:
Lots of options. Redtails, Tuskegee (connection), I saw something like that. You know they’ve been trying to change the name, and you know, I’m all for that. Change it. Shit, change the owner. You know what I’m saying? But yeah, if they want to change it to represent something else, that’s cool. That’s good. Like I said, I’m all about just doing it (instead of talking). If they want to change it, I’m with that. Change the owner, too.
I think we can conclude that Mike Scott does not think highly of Daniel Snyder, who bought the Washington team in 1999. During his tenure, the Skins have won a grand total of two playoff games. They absolutely stink.
Also, and this is a different topic, but I wanted to share one more quote that jumped out from Scott’s Zoom call. He said he’s not a fan of the NBA giving players a pre-approved list of slogans to use on the back of their jerseys in lieu of a name, as part of the movement for social justice:
“They gave us some names and phrases to put on the back of the jerseys, and that was terrible. It was a bad list, bad choice. They didn’t give players a chance to voice their opinion, they just gave us a list to pick from. That was bad. That’s terrible.
I don’t know how you can use your platform, I don’t know… vote, of course vote, see what laws we can change. But I’m all about just doing instead of saying, posting, putting something on the back your jersey. I don’t think that’s gonna stop anything.
The NBA and players association came to an agreement on the pre-approved phrases, which include:
Black Lives Matter, Say Their Names, Vote, I Can’t Breathe, Justice, Peace, Equality, Freedom, Enough, Power to the People, Justice Now, Say Her Name, Sí Se Puede (Yes We Can), Liberation, See Us, Hear Us, Respect Us, Love Us, Listen, Listen to Us, Stand Up, Ally; Anti-Racist, I Am A Man, Speak Up, How Many More, Group Economics, Education Reform, and Mentor.
Of course those are fairly safe and sanitized, which was always going to be the case. Can’t let somebody run around with “Fuck the Police” written on their jersey. It’s a bummer that players weren’t able to pick what they wanted, but it is what it is.