Jason Hatcher: Refs are against us because of ‘Redskins’ nickname

Jason Hatcher: Refs are against us because of 'Redskins' nickname

Jason Hatcher thinks refs are penalizing Redskins over controversial nickname.

“At the end of the day, it’s the name,” Jason Hatcher told reporters after Washington’s blowout loss to the Panthers. “Don’t worry about the name. We’re players and we work our butt off, too.”

Jason Hatcher was responding to a question about Chris Culliver’s controversial overturned pick six in the second quarter. Culliver broke up a pass with a high hit on Greg Olsen, caught the ball and ran into the end zone. The play was nullified by an unnecessary roughness penalty.

Washington had its trademark on the nickname canceled by the United States Patent and Trademark Office last year on the grounds that the nickname and logo are “disparaging to Native Americans.” Carolina poked fun at the USPTO’s decision in the lead-up to Sunday’s game.

U.S. senator Harry Reid and Washington, D.C., mayor Muriel Bowser have called the name offensive. The state of California recently banned public schools from using the nickname.

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