WASHINGTON, July 8 (UPI) -- The Virginia blogger hired by the Washington Redskins to defend their team name announced his resignation on Twitter Monday night.
The organization hired Ben Tribbett las month to "help guide the team's battle over their controversial nickname."
Tribbett told the Washington Post his resignation "was not reflective of me changing my position on this at all. I supported the Redskins before I took this job. ... I think that's how they found me. I still support them. I don't think [the name is] a slur."
I don't want to be a distraction to the team as the political attacks have shifted towards being personal towards me.— Ben Tribbett (@notlarrysabato) July 8, 2014
So I'm going to send in my resignation to the Redskins. Hopefully that allows debate to move back to where it should be.— Ben Tribbett (@notlarrysabato) July 8, 2014
The 34-year-old did tweet out "Hail to the Redskins!" after announcing his plan. It doesn't sound like everyone will be sad to see him go.
So we see who the REAL victim here is: the guy @NotLarrySabato who called "Redskins" a slur but now defends it, and slurred natives— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) July 8, 2014
The U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board stripped the team of its trademark registration on June 18.