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Ben Tribbett, Hired By Redskins to Diffuse Name Situation, Resigns

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By    |   Tuesday, 08 Jul 2014 04:35 PM

Ben Tribbett has resigned just weeks after the Democratic activist was hired by the Washington Redskins in June to help navigate controversy over the team’s name.

The Redskins hired Tribbett after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six federal trademarks of the term “Redskins,” classifying it as “disparaging” to Native Americans.

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In June, Tribbett responded to people who are campaigning to get the Redskins name changed.

“They don’t have the support behind it,” Tribbett told BuzzFeed. “That’s why they’re resorting to these tactics of comparing it to the N-word or things like that that are horrible. Because they’re not winning the debate. They’re not winning over the public with this.”

Tribbett tweeted about his resignation.





Tribbett has drawn criticism for defending the use of the Redskins name. Indian Country Today pointed out that Tribbett used his blog in a 2006 campaign to defeat Virginia Republican Sen. George Allen by drawing attention to Allen’s use of a similar slur, "macaca."

George Allen is the brother of Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen.

The blog was taken down, but Frances Danger accessed parts of it via an online archive, Indian Country Today said, including one excerpt about George Allen’s use of the word “macaca”: "Racial slurs are not funny things to joke about."

Indian Country Today also pointed out some racially insensitive tweets Tribbett made in 2010 while gambling in Las Vegas.





Twitter users reacted to the turn of events.









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