What the Redskins’ Attorney Is ‘Most Confident’ About Going Forward After Patent Ruling

In his first interview since the U.S. Patent Office ruled that the name “Washington Redskins” is “disparaging of Native Americans” and that the team’s federal trademarks for the name must be canceled, Redskins attorney Bob Raskopf told Glenn Beck Thursday he is confident that the team will continue to fight to keep its name.

Beck asked: “In your mind, there is no one in the Redskins organization, no one that is saying anything but, ‘To the last man. We are fighting this to the last man’?”

Raskopf laughed and said if he is “confident of anything,” he is “most confident” that they will continue to fight the ruling.

A Washington Redskins helmet sits on the turf during the NFL football teams training camp in Richmond, Va., Saturday, July 27, 2013. Credit: AP

The two discussed the “slippery slope” created by the decision, and Raskopf said that if the ruling isn’t overturned, they are “ready, willing, and able” to make the case that the statute itself is unconstitutional.

Beck said it will be absolute “chaos” if the ruling isn’t overturned, since there are so many organizations whose names could be considered offensive or disparaging to a certain group. Beck cited Playboy as an example, saying many would agree that it disparages women.

“It’s called the slippery slope, and we are on that slope right now, there’s no question about it,” Raskopf agreed.

Beck asked if the organization might eventually say “it’s just not worth it anymore” to keep fighting.

“I don’t think that’s ever going to happen,” Raskopf said. “That’s not going to happen.”

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