President Obama is wading into issues of culture and professional football, saying the Washington Redskins football team should consider a new name.
"If I were the owner of the team and I knew that the name of my team - even if they've had a storied history - was offending a sizable group of people, I'd think about changing it," Obama told the Associated Press during an interview.
Redskins owner Dan Snyder has refused requests from Native Americans and others to change the name, which originated during the 1930s when the franchise was located in Boston. The team moved to Washington for the 1937 season.
"All these mascots and team names related to Native Americans, Native Americans feel pretty strongly about it," Obama told the Associated Press. "And I don't know whether our attachment to a particular name should override the real, legitimate concerns that people have about these things."
The AP conducted the interview Friday, and published it on Saturday.
Obama said he doesn't think Washington Redskins fans are purposefully trying to offend Native Americans: "I don't want to detract from the wonderful Redskins fans that are here. They love their team and rightly so."