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Redskins accidentally use fake chief to defend name

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05:13 PM ET 06.27 | Alas, there's a lot of evidence that Chief Dodson???whose real name is Stephen D. Dodson???ain't the perfect pitchman that Snyder and Goodell want him to be. It turns out that the "full-blooded American Inuit chief" is neither a full-blooded American Inuit nor a chief in any formal sense of the term. Let's start with that last part. Apparently nobody but Dodson says Dodson's really a chief. The work shirt from Charley's Crane Services that Dodson wore on Redskins Nation had "Chief Dodson" stitched into it alongside the company's name. But the only references I could find to Dodson and "Chief" that predate his appearance as "Redskin"-lovin' aboriginal royalty appeared in court records in Maryland. Case files from some of Stephen D. Dodson's scrapes with the law???involving theft, paternity, and domestic violence matters???have "Chief" listed as one of the defendant's AKAs. When Indian Country Today ran a story about the Redskins Nation appearance, a commenter purporting to be Dodson's relative said that Dodson's native bona fides had been exaggerated. The commenter said Dodson is not a full-blooded member of any tribe and is in fact one-quarter Aleut, not Inuit. And "Chief"? "[T]hat was his nickname," the commenter wrote.

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June 27, 2013  05:33 PM ET

Shot themselves in the foot with this one. Probably used fake arrows.

June 27, 2013  06:20 PM ET

Way to make yourself look pathetic Dan. Should have just shut your trap, you have legacy on your side.

June 27, 2013  06:36 PM ET

I find all this politically correct bull **** to be rather amusing. Shows the blatant stupidity of the so called community leaders and elected officials.

June 27, 2013  08:22 PM ET

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

June 27, 2013  08:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I find all this politically correct bull **** to be rather amusing. Shows the blatant stupidity of the so called community leaders and elected officials.

Agreed.

But the the 'Skins couldn't have handled this situation any worse. If it wasn't racist before it sure is now...

June 27, 2013  09:29 PM ET

Dodson is Chief Executive Officer of Intuit not Inuit Chief. Easy mistake.

June 27, 2013  09:46 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Agreed.But the the 'Skins couldn't have handled this situation any worse. If it wasn't racist before it sure is now...

How is it now racist?

June 27, 2013  09:50 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

How is it now racist?

If you have to ask, you'll never know.

June 27, 2013  11:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

If you have to ask, you'll never know.

Neither do you know. It wasn't racist, just stupid. The Redskin name has NEVER been racist. Isn't now and never will be. Snyder? A dummy of course. I love these faux experts that pompously proclaim racism at the drop of a hat.

June 27, 2013  11:07 PM ET

It's like a cook from the Vietnam era Army making the rounds saying he is a Medal of Honor recipient - which we've seen several times in the past 10 or 15 years.

Sure, he was in Vietnam, but he wasn't who he said he was. Next thing you know....

Hi, Cookie?, I'm Chris Hansen from Dateline....

June 27, 2013  11:23 PM ET

"accidentally"

June 27, 2013  11:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Neither do you know. It wasn't racist, just stupid. The Redskin name has NEVER been racist. Isn't now and never will be. Snyder? A dummy of course. I love these faux experts that pompously proclaim racism at the drop of a hat.

Really, you can't see what would be considered racially offensive about a team not being able to tell the difference between a "full-blooded American Inuit Chief" and a one-quarter Aleut who goes by the nickname 'Chief'?

That's like calling a Korean person Chinese because you think all Asians look the same. Only more ridiculous because it was used in defense of a hot topic issue that Dan Snyder should be more than well-informed of.

June 28, 2013  12:31 AM ET

Is it time to be offended now? I'm confused...

June 28, 2013  01:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Is it time to be offended now? I'm confused...

It's Daniel Snyder. Stay confused, it's much easier.

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June 28, 2013  12:08 PM ET

Wow. Next thing you know someone will tell us that Cap'n Crunch didn't serve in the Navy.

June 29, 2013  05:27 PM ET

I heard from someone that says he heard it from someone who told him he had heard it from someone that Paula Deen was behind the whole thing.

 
June 29, 2013  05:30 PM ET

Hail to the Redskins!

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