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Embattled Blogger Hired To Defend Washington Redskins Name Resigns

Ben Tribbett says he's become a "distraction" in the fight to preserve the Washington Redskins team name.

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WASHINGTON — Less than a month after taking a job that put him in charge of defending the embattled Washington Redskins team name from its critics, Virginia progressive activist Ben Tribbett said on Twitter Monday night he will resign from the NFL franchise.

Obv. this issue with Redskins is one where I don’t see eye to eye with some friends. I just don't agree with the attacks on the team name.

Ben Tribbett@notlarrysabato

Obv. this issue with Redskins is one where I don’t see eye to eye with some friends. I just don't agree with the attacks on the team name.

10:48 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

I don’t want to be a distraction to the team as the political attacks have shifted towards being personal towards me.

10:49 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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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

So I’m going to send in my resignation to the Redskins. Hopefully that allows debate to move back to where it should be.

10:49 PM - 07 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Tribbett did not immediately respond to a request for comment from BuzzFeed.

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