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Harry Reid: Redskins have to change name now

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., praised the U.S. Patent Office for canceling the Redskins trademark and said team owner Daniel Snyder will have little choice now but to drop the name.

“There's no trademark anymore for the Redskins,” Reid said in a Senate floor speech. “Daniel Snyder may be the last person in the world to realize this, but it's just a matter of time before he is forced to do the right thing and change then name.”

Reid, whose state is home to 27 Native American tribes, has made several public calls for a Redskins name change and has even called on the NFL to force Snyder to comply with his wishes.

Snyder has so far refused to change the name, which remains popular with team fans.

But Reid had a message for Snyder on Tuesday: “The writing is on the wall in giant blinking lights.”

Reid made the comments shortly after the Patent Office announced it had cancelled the name registration, calling it “disparaging to Native Americans.”

The office made the decision in response to a complaint by five Native Americans.

In May, 50 U.S. senators sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, asking him to “endorse” a Redskins name change.

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