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WASHINGTON — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) argued Wednesday that the National Football League should steal a play from the National Basketball Association and treat racism just as seriously by making the owner of Washington’s professional football team change its name.

Reid, who has appealed to team owner Dan Snyder before, never mentioned the word “Redskins” as he argued that the name is deeply offensive to Native Americans and should have been changed long ago.

And he pointed to the NBA’s lifetime ban and fine against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for going on a racist rant as an example for the NFL.

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