NFL team gave VIP treatment to man who couldn't spell his tribe

The logo for the Change the Mascot campaign

The Washington NFL team gave the VIP treatment to a self-proclaimed Native man who couldn't spell the name of the tribe he claimed to represent, the Associated Press reported.

The unidentified "D.C.-area" man showed up at the team's training camp in Virginia a couple of weeks ago, the AP said. The team made him available to the media but it appears no one wrote about him because of his questionable background.

The team previously claimed one of its supporters was a "full-blooded American Inuit chief" from Alaska. But the man's Native background appears to be exaggerated or falsified, according to Deadspin.com.

The team frequently cites a 2004 survey in which self-proclaimed Native Americans said they weren't offended by the name. The views of 768 people were part of the Annenberg Election Survey and the organization did not verify whether they were Native American.

A more recent survey by the Center for Indigenous Peoples Studies at California State University, San Bernardino found that 67 percent of Native Americans believe the team's name to be offensive and racist.

Get the Story:
Debate over Redskins name more intense that ever (AP 8/10)

Related Stories:
Opinion: NFL team seeks to whitewash history with Indian art (8/11)
Original Americans Foundation wants art with NFL team's logo (8/8)
Alabama-Coushatta Tribe refutes claim of support for NFL team (8/7)
Ex-player claims Alabama-Coushatta Tribe honored by mascot (8/6)
Ted Quasula: NNALEA leader intent on destroying group's image (8/5)
Column: Virginia eager to embrace NFL team's racist mascot (8/4)
Chippewa Cree Tribe takes Original Americans Foundation money (08/01)
Fact Checker: Three Pinocchios for Washington team's new site (07/31)
Editorial: Washington team's 'racial slur' has no place in society (7/29)
Granddaughter of former team owner condemns racist mascot (07/24)
Center: Report outlines harmful effects of 'Indian' mascots (7/22)
Editorial: No rubes at Quechan Nation in saying no to NFL team (7/21)
Quechan Nation turns down 'bribe' from Washington NFL team (7/17)
Opinion: Washington NFL team's origins connect to Jim Thorpe (7/17)
Simon Moya-Smith: Mascot supporters use tired arguments (7/14)
Federal judge refuses use of name of Washington NFL team (7/14)
Opinion: Teams with Indian mascots all play on stolen tribal land (07/08)
Blackfeet man who supports NFL team has problem with 'Chiefs' (7/7)
Young Navajo woman leads petition against racist trademarks (7/3)
Gabe Galanda: Nike should walk the walk on racist sport mascot (7/1)
Stanley Heller: It's time for media boycott of Washington team (7/1)

Join the Conversation