Alex Smith: Better to chant 'Football Team' than sound like a ‘racist’


Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith does not seem to be a fan of the team's previous name.

In a video for GQ Magazine in which Smith went undercover as an internet commentator (using @smith84_alex on Twitter), the quarterback implied the organization's previous name, the Washington Redskins, was "racist."

In the video, Smith reads a comment on YouTube: "Football Team is the best name ever. Even if you are sober you sound like a drunk when you scream 'Football Team!'"

Smith said with a chuckle, "Well… it’s better to sound like a drunk than a racist.”

In his reply to the comment, Smith added, "Don't know where to go with this one."

(The comment starts at 1:08 here:)

The Washington franchise dropped the nickname 'Redskins' in July 2020 when they announced the organization will "undergo a thorough review" of the name.

"In light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community, the Washington Redskins are announcing the team will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name," the organization said in a statement at the time.

The team played the 2020 season as the Washington Football Team and plans to play under the same name in 2021. The organization plans to unveil a new name for the 2022 season

Smith is undercontract with the team for two more seasons, but many expect the 36-year-old quarterback to be released this offseason.

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