The CBS analyst said prior to the season that he would refrain from using Washington’s nickname in light of the growing spotlight on the controversy. In an interview with Richard Deitsch at MMQB, Simms hopes to follow through in calling his first Washington game this season.
“That’s still my thought process,” Simms said. “I made that decision and I’m not going into what really drove me to it, but it offends a certain group of people and I have sympathy for them. So I can have sympathy for them and I am not denigrating the other side.”
Simms, though, knows he might use the nickname. In fact, he already has.
“Will I refer to their nickname?” Simms said. “Look, I have already done it (Simms used the word “Redskins” a number of times during the Falcons-Bucs game, though said he did not realize it until someone informed him after the game). It is a habit. I played for 15 years [for the Giants] and they were a bitter rival. There is a chance I could slip.”