FILE - In this May 1, 2009 file photo, Washington Redskins Marko Mitchell puts his helmet on during their NFL football minicamp practice at their training facility in Ashburn, Va. Half of the U.S. Senate says it’s time to change the name of the Washington Redskins. Forty-nine Democratic senators wrote NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday, May 22, 2014. They say racism and bigotry do not belong in professional sports. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
From most other organizations, a social media post wishing followers a happy Thanksgiving would garner little attention. But for a NFL team that has been criticized by everyone from government officials to football fans for what is perceived as a racist and derogatory team name, even the most innocuous of actions can spark outrage.
The Washington Redskins posted the following tweet on their official Twitter account.
Those angered by the team’s Thanksgiving tweet lashed out on Twitter, calling the post tone-deaf and in poor taste. Some wondered if Dan Snyder, who is adamantly against changing the team’s name, was taking a shot at his critics.
Washington’s team woes extend to the playing field, where a poorly performing Robert Griffin III has been benched in favor of backup quarterback Colt McCoy. The team has a 3-8 record.