Redskins cleared to sue Native Americans offended by team name

Washington’s NFL team owner Dan Snyder said he would never change the controversial name, and a recent ruling allowed him to sue the Native Americans who registered complaints against it.

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It’s generally understood among sports fans that Washington’s NFL team owner Dan Snyder is the worst.

Take away the whole fact that his football team’s name is widely regarded as a racial epithet. This is the guy who sued his own season ticket holders who weren’t able to re-up during the recession while tens of thousands remained on the waiting list.

Snyder is also the guy who brought a libel suit against Washington City Paper writer Dave McKenna for writing a critical piece about his team. The radio stations he owns are nicknamed “Dan Jazeera” because of his well-documented micromanaging.

But back to the team name.

In the latest chapter of the epic tale “Dan Snyder is the Worst,” a judge ruled that his team is allowed to sue the Native American group that complained to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office about the team’s name.

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