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ESPN Host Says Notre Dame Needs to Change ‘Fighting Irish’ Mascot Because it Offends Some People

In an ESPN First Take appearance, Max Kellerman told his colleagues that the nickname was inappropriate.

By NTK Staff | 01.30.2018 @4:27pm

ESPN’s Max Kellerman demanded that the University of Notre Dame change their “Fighting Irish” mascot on the network’s “First Take” on Tuesday, in a clip flagged by The Washington Free Beacon.

Kellerman first talked about team mascots that draw on Native American heritage, like the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians.

“How hard is it for you or anyone to empathize, simply empathize with a group who is offended, even if it is a minority of the group that is offended?” the boxing commentator said.

The Free Beacon’s Alex Griswold detailed Kellerman’s refusal to accept a poll that showed the vast majority of Native Americans were not offended, writing, “Based on that anecdotal evidence, he dismissed a Washington Post survey that found nine out of 10 Native-Americans are not offended by team names like the NFL’s Washington Redskins.”

The ESPN host then told his colleagues that the rule extended to Notre Dame’s mascot.

“Many Irish-Americans are not offended [by the Fighting Irish], but many are,” he said. “And should that also change? The answer is yes!”

“Pernicious, negative stereotypes of marginalized people that offend even some among them should be changed,” he continued.

Kellerman cited the example of sports commentator Brian Kenny, who complained on Twitter that the Fighting Irish mascot was offensive.

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