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Man hired to defend Washington NFL team's name resigns on Twitter

Ben Tribbett still doesn't "think [the name is] a slur.”

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Evan Bleier
The U.S. Patent Office ruled that the nickname Redskins for the NFL Washington Redskins football team is disparaging of Native Americans that the Federal trademarks for that name must be canceled. (File/UPI/Kevin Dietsch/Files)
The U.S. Patent Office ruled that the nickname "Redskins" for the NFL Washington Redskins football team is "disparaging of Native Americans" that the Federal trademarks for that name must be canceled. (File/UPI/Kevin Dietsch/Files) | License Photo

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."

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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."

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.

The U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board stripped the team of its trademark registration on June 18.

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