Reid rejects Redskins invite, presses for change

By By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he won't attend a Washington Redskins home game until the football

team changes its name.

In a letter Monday to the team's president,

Reid called the Redskins name a racial slur that disparages the American


The Nevada Democrat, who said he represents 27 tribes in his

state, rejected Bruce Allen's invitation to a Redskins home game

until the team does the right thing and changes its name.

In May, half of the Senate wrote letters to the NFL urging a change in the team's name. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed

never to change the name.

Allen had written to Reid saying the football team's nickname is "respectful" toward Native Americans.