Not surprisingly, the Washington Redskins have faced some controversy over the years for their team name.
After their loss to the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Redskins defensive end Jason Hatcher suggested that the name has something to do with how his team is officiated.
“I don’t know if it’s about the name or what, but at the same time, we play football too,” Hatcher said, per the Washington Post. “We work our butt off too. Don’t single us out. At the end of the day, it’s the name. Don’t worry about the name—we players and we work our butt off too. I’m just frustrated with it. We shouldn’t have to be punished for that. It’s been every game, calls after calls that should’ve been made in our favor, but it goes to them. It’s just not right. We in the league too. We’re National Football players. We got a team too. We go out there, and we sweat and work hard too. I don’t give a crap about the name. We are players. We’ve got feelings too, and we want to win too.”
This was probably sparked partly by a critical call in the first half of Sunday’s match that ultimately denied cornerback Chris Culliver a would-have-been-pick-6 when the refs flagged him for unnecessary roughness for what they thought was an illegal hit before his pick.