Virginia Sen. Chap Petersen said he couldn’t believe his ears when he heard the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board had canceled the Washington Redskins’ six federal trademark registrations owned by the team last week.
Petersen, a Democrat who represents Fairfax, was among several bipartisan Virginia state legislators who, on Monday, announced the formation of the “Redskins Pride Caucus” in Richmond, Va., in support of the team.
“I’m proud to be a Redskins fan,” Petersen told the assembled media at the State Capitol building.
On Tuesday, Petersen was a guest on 106.7 The Fan, and he further explained his outrage at the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s decision, which is expected to be appealed by the team.
Here’s an excerpt of his conversation with Paulsen and Rouhier:
“I was just like, ‘Enough’s enough.’ This has gone crazy. I felt like I was living in George Orwell land. … “And I sent a text to a republican — I’m a democrat — I sent a text to a republican friend, who was a season-ticket holder like myself, and I said, ‘Listen, I’m gonna call you tonight.’ And I gave him a call, I said, ‘You know, there’s just so much misinformation.’ I didn’t use the word ‘misinformation,’ but I said, ‘There’s so much misinformation being put out there, I feel like someone needs to stand up to the Redskins and just stand up for their fans.’”
Petersen told Paulsen and Rouhier his “No. 1 goal … is just to be a voice for Redskins fans:”
“I grew up in this community, and I grew up as a huge Redskins fan; I’ve been a season-ticket holder since 1999,” Petersen divulged. “I believe in the team, I believe in what it represents in our community. I look at the Redskins logo as a symbol of unity in our community. I will tell you, my ticket’s in Section 451 and if any of your listeners are 451, represent, because it’s a great section. We got a great cross-section of people from Maryland, the District, Virginia — all races, folks from all over — and I believe in the unity that the team represents, and I’ll put that unity up, and that diversity up against any of these so-called groups that are attacking us for being ‘not diverse’ or ‘racist’ or whatever. I mean, give me a break. The bottom line is, we’re just here to support the fans and give the fans a voice because I felt like they didn’t have a voice.’”
ABOUT THE REDSKINS: Headquartered at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Virginia, and owned by Daniel Snyder, the historic Washington Redskins Football Club has won five World Championship titles including the 1937 and 1942 National Football League Championship games, as well as Super Bowls XVII, XXII and XXVI. Founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves in Massachusetts, the team changed its name to the Redskins in 1933 and relocated to Washington, D.C., in 1937. Since then, the team has become one of the most recognizable professional sports franchises in history, featuring multiple Hall of Fame coaches, 19 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (with seven others who also were Redskins) and becoming the first team in the NFL with an official marching band and fight song, "Hail to the Redskins." The Redskins have been owned by Dan Snydersince 1999, and beginning in 1997, began playing their home games at FedExField in Landover, Md.