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  • Former coach Gibbs defends Washington nickname

  • SPARTA, Ky. — Count former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs among those who has no problem with the team's name.
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  • SPARTA, Ky. — Count former Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs among those who has no problem with the team's name.
    The NFL team that Gibbs led to three Super Bowl titles in the first of two stints as coach has been heavily criticized for its nickname that's viewed as derogatory toward Native Americans. A group of U.S. senators and President Barack Obama have suggested it should be changed, which team owner Daniel Snyder vehemently refuses.
    Asked about the controversy before the NASCAR race Saturday at Kentucky Speedway, the Hall of Fame coach and racing team owner defended the Redskins name.
    "Never once did I hear anybody ever say anything negative about the name Redskins," Gibbs said about his time with the team. "It was always prideful, it was courage involved. We have a song, 'Hail to the Redskins," and so everything, everything, about that name has been positive for me and my past."
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