Harry Reid: ‘I love to see’ the Redskins lose
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Sen. Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidBottom Line Lobbying world Democrats aim to protect Grand Canyon from 'imminent' drilling threat MORE (D-Nev.) says he takes delight in sitting in front of the TV on Sundays and rooting against the Washington Redskins, a football team he says has a racist name.
“I love sports, it’s an escape for me,” the Senate minority leader said Thursday in an interview with The Washington Post. “But not football.
“The only time I turn football on during the week, because [49ers quarterback and former University of Nevada star Colin] Kaepernick is out, is when the Redskins play, because I love to see them lose,” he added.
“And they’ve lost more than they’ve won this year. If they’re ahead, I turn it off. I check back later to see if they’re losing.”
Reid said of the team name: “They have to give it up, it’s a loser for them.”
The Nevada lawmaker previously took to the Senate floor to take up the cause, calling the mascot a “racist franchise name that denigrates Native Americans across the country.”
Owner Daniel Snyder has vowed never to change the name of the iconic sports team.
A federal judge ordered the cancellation of the Redskins trademark earlier this year.
The Redskins, despite six wins and seven losses, are currently in first place in their division.