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Carey took a stand

August 24, 2014 - Mike Mathison
It came out last week that former NFL official Mike Carey took a stand in 2006 against the nickname Redskins and asked the NFL to not send him to Washington to referee in the nation's capital.

He told the Washington Post:

"Human beings take social stances. And if you're respectful of all human beings, you have to decide what you're going to do and why you're going to do it.

"In America we've learned that respect is the most important thing that you have. I learned it from my parents, my schools, from my faith. And when you learn there's something that might not be as respectful as you like, when you come to terms with it, you have to do something about it.

"I know that if a team had a derogatory name for African-Americans, I would help those who helped extinguish that name. I have quite a few friends who are Native Americans. And even if I didn't have Native American friends, the name of the team is disrespectful."

Carey spent 24 years officiating in the league.

Carey drew a line in the sand and felt Redskins was disrespectful, derogatory and didn't want to be in that stadium.

Yet, Carey had no problem hearing and being around the vile, vulgar, disrespectful language that permeates an NFL field each Sunday.


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