In recent years, the Washington Redskins name has emerged as a controversial one, with activists, fans and many others calling for the team to change their name and logo due to it’s offensive racist undertones.
In the time since then, the Redskins play on the field has arguably been more offensive, culminating with the team firing head coach Jay Gruden on Monday after a horrid 0-5 start.
The fifth straight loss in the ‘Skin’s 11th loss in their last 12 games dating back to last season, and some people think it may have more to do than just a bad coach, players and ownership.
Last year, Dan Synder, perhaps as a peace offering of sorts, devised a ceremony at FedEx Field that would honoring the Native community in conjunction with American Indian Heritage Month.
The Redskins played a Native American blessing ceremony on Nov. 18 during a home game against the Houston Texans.
That game, Alex Smith just so happened to severely broke his leg.
The controversial move, that from face value was a way for Snyder to deflect the criticism of his team’s name and superficially prove the organization’s commitment to the Native American community, was used in jokes saying the tribes would curse the Redskins from there on out.
A 1-11 record later, and it’s not out of the question that that’s what indeed happened.