The Washington Redskins are a team under siege. To combat the 49 U.S. Senators who urged Commissioner Roger Goodell to force the Redskins name change, their Twitter account urged followers on Thursday to tweet at Senator Majority Leader Harry Reid with the hashtag #RedskinsPride and explain their Redskins pride.
In typical fashion, Twitter flipped the hashtag on its head by responding to the Skins and Reid with the most caustic replies possible. It was the equivalent of watching Gus Frerotte headbutting a wall to celebrate a touchdown and spraining his neck all over again.
These are the type of tone deaf decisions you expect from a 3-13 social media department. Whether or not, you agree or disagree with the offensiveness of the Skins name, it's indisputable that this was their worst decision since Mike Shanahan threw RGIII and his gimpy leg out onto the field against Seattle to run a few more option reads.
@Redskins @SenatorReid I'll be way more proud of my team if they do the right thing and Change The Name. @changeracism
— RichmondOpus (@RichmondOpus) May 29, 2014
.@SenatorReid "They took infants from their mothers' breasts…pitching them headfirst against the crags" – De Las Casas #RedskinsPride
— Goodflow Trillson (@JamesDropsBombs) May 29, 2014
Hey @Redskins and @HarryReid! To me #redskinspride is about normalizing overt racism in the 21st century. Did I do this right @Redskins ?
— Bart Johnston (@MBJohnston12) May 29, 2014
The best 3-13 season ever RT @Redskins: Tweet @SenatorReid to show your #RedskinsPride and tell him what the team means to you.
— conor (@CDthaSad) May 29, 2014
#RacialSlurPride RT @Redskins: Tweet @SenatorReid to show your #RedskinsPride and tell him what the team means to you.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) May 29, 2014