Washington Redskins star RG3: 'It's not the time' to discuss name change

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In a week when the US Patent Office stripped the Washington Redskins of , ruling that the team's name was offensive to Native Americans, the team's star quarterback on Friday said “it's just not the time” to discuss whether the name should be changed.

Robert Griffin III was being on a Washington talk radio station, , when he was asked if he felt he had a chance to be “the Muhammad Ali of his generation” by taking a stance against the team's name.

He said: “When it comes to those conversations, it's just not the time.”

Griffin, known popularly as RG3, continued: “And I understand, trust me, I’m African American, I’ve grown up African American, and I understand oppression and all the things that come with it.

“But for us, like I said, as players, we have to control what we can control right now, and right now that’s the football season.

“If anything to that extent came up … and you had an opportunity to be the Muhammad Ali of your generation, when it comes to oppression and just things being wrong – my parents grew up in that time, I’ve heard stories about it, I’ve watched movies about it; I understand that – and if it comes to that, then you make a decision at that time.

“But at this time, particularly, we have to focus on what we can control.”

The for the Redskins to change their name has gathered momentum over the past year. Last month and even has suggested that “If I were the owner of the team … I'd think about changing it".

The team's owner, Dan Snyder, has steadfastly to contemplate any change. Attempts to shape the debate in the team's favour have included setting up a foundation and a Twitter campaign, based around the hashtag #, which had unintended consequences.

Griffin has on another controversial NFL issue, saying he was in favour of gay NFL players feeling free to come out.

He told GQ in August last year: “I think there are [gay players] right now, and if they're looking for a window to just come out, I mean, now is the window. My view on it is, yes, I am a Christian, but to each his own. You do what you want to do.”

On Friday, Griffin III was given two more chances to address the issue of the Redskins' name.

Asked if he as a player heard a lot about his team's name, he said: “We hear a lot about it just because, in this area, it's going to be talked about because it directly affects our organisation.”

However, when asked if he was worried the controversy would be a distraction during preseason, he suggested hearing so much about the controversy would not have an effect.

He said: “When you're in that locker room, it doesn't matter what's going on outside of it. When it comes to legal matters and things of that nature, we're focused on football.”