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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2014
Ravens Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata can likely expect to hear from the league office in the near future. Ngata kicked Redskins offensive guard Shawn Lauvao after Lauvao crushed Ravens cornerback Dominique Franks toward the end of a 19-yard run by Redskins running back Alfred Morris in the first quarter. Ngata retaliated to stick up for his teammate after Lauvao stuck Franks a bit late. "When I saw Lauvao do that, I kind of was just pissed that he was doing that and just nudged him," Ngata said.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
The Ravens will maintain their tradition of having starters playing into the third quarter during their third preseason game Saturday night. Some starters might just play until halftime against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium. This will be the last preseason game for the starters, who will be rested during the fourth and final preseason game against the New Orleans Saints next week. “We're there stamina-wise, there's no question about that,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
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By Jeff Zrebiec and Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | August 18, 2014
John Harbaugh confirmed Monday that cornerback Lardarius Webb won't play this preseason as he recovers from a lower back injury, though the Ravens coach does expect to have cornerback Jimmy Smith back on the field soon, perhaps for Saturday's game against the Washington Redskins. Smith, who left Saturday's preseason victory over the Dallas Cowboys early in the first quarter with a chest injury, had a magnetic resonance imaging test taken. Harbaugh said it revealed some bruising and a “little bleeding from the lungs.” “They said it's not a serious thing,” Harbaugh said.
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By Michael Dresser | August 5, 2014
Add Gov. Martin O'Malley's name to the list of prominent Democrats who want Washington's National Football League team to change its name. O'Malley's statement came in response to a question from Jorge Ramos on the Fusion satellite and cable channel Monday. Ramos asked whether the team should drop the name Redskins because many consider it an ethnic slur. O'Malley, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, couched his opposition in gentle terms. "We hope that in every generation we become more understanding of one another, more inclusive as a people, and more respectful of the dignity of every individual and every culture, so I think it probably is time for the Redskins to change their name," he said.
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Sports Digest | July 9, 2014
Two weeks after the Washington Redskins hired progressive political blogger Ben Tribbett to help defend the team's controversial name, Tribbett announced on Twitter late Monday that he will resign. "Obv. this issue with Redskins is one where I don't see eye to eye with some friends. I just don't agree with the attacks on the team name," Tribbett tweeted. Tribbett, 34, told The Washington Post on Monday night that his position on the name has not changed. "I supported the Redskins before I took this job. … I think that's how they found me. I still support them.
NEWS
July 2, 2014
I have a suggestion concerning the Redskins debate ( "Facts and logic say rename Redskins," June 27), and I invite that football team to consider my little game. Think back to your family's country of origin, no matter how recent or far back in the mists of time. Call to mind some derogatory name someone from your country has been called, whether it might be "Mick" or "Gook," "Wetback" or "Polack" or anything else. Consider whether you'd like a ball team called by that name, posted over the web and print media, shouted out in cheers or derision at the stadium.
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July 2, 2014
Wikipedia notes that although the connotation of the term Redskins is debatable, the term is defined in current dictionaries of American English as "usually offensive, disparaging, insulting, and taboo" ( "Facts and logic say rename Redskins," June 27). Although there is controversy about whether a football team name is thought of in this demeaning way, why not avoid any possible negative connotation by changing the name to an acceptable alternative? Wikipedia states that the prior name of the Washington Redskins was the Boston Braves.
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June 27, 2014
Can we get real about the name of Washington's NFL team? The team - and letter writers to The Sun - have tossed around "facts" that are not factual and "logic" that is not logical ( "Who could be offended by Redskins' name?" June 24). Claim: The team website says there are 70 high schools that use the nickname and a letter writer to The Sun claimed that many Native American high schools are among them ( "Specter of 'Big Brother' hovers over Redskins name protest," June 24)
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June 27, 2014
Letter writer Jack Wickham thinks that few members of the First Nations find team names like Redskins (and their logos) offensive because, he says, he does not hear them complain ( "Patent office goes too far with Redskins decision," June 24). I would only ask, how many Native Americans does Mr. Wickham count among his personal acquaintances? I know of no Native Americans among my acquaintances who find such names tolerable. Writers like Sherman Alexie, moreover, have articulated what might be termed the "Native American point of view" on this subject - even if such texts have not come to Mr. Wickham's attention.
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June 24, 2014
Being a native Philadelphian and currently a resident of eastern Baltimore County, I am anything but a Redskins fan. However, I cannot understand why anyone would be offended by the team's name ( "Redskins name controversy heats up with federal cancellation of trademark," June 18). In fact, Native Americans should feel proud that a team, especially one based in the nation's capital, would honor the fighting spirit of Native Americans by naming itself after them. A football team seeks to win every time it takes the field.
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