Jeb Bush on Redskins’ team name: ‘I don’t think they should change it’

Over the last few years, the Washington Redskins have seen their team name surrounded by controversy, many feeling it is insensitive toward Native Americans.

On the new SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. show, The Arena, Republican presidential candidate and former Governor Jeb Bush defended the team’s use of the name, and explained why he doesn’t believe a change is necessary.

“I don’t think they should change it,” Bush said. “I don’t think politicians ought to have any say in that to be honest with you. I don’t find it offensive. Native American tribes generally don’t find it offensive. We had a similar kind of flap with FSU if you recall, the Seminoles, and the Seminole tribe itself kind of came to the defense of the university and it subsided. It’s a sport for crying out loud. It’s a football team.”

Bush also discussed other NFL related topics in his interview for the inaugural episode of Arena, such as challenges faced by commissioner Roger Goodell. The full interview airs Friday, Oct. 2 at 2 pm ET.

The Arena begins a six-show run on P.O.T.U.S. on Oct. 2. Hosts Rick Klein, ABC News’ Political Director, and ESPN Senior Correspondent Andy Katz will invite some of the biggest names from the sports and political worlds to examine how sports-related topics can drive the agenda in D.C.

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