We all saw the despite being a gruesome hitman on the AMC series Breaking Bad, Mike Ehrmantraut had quite the heart. Turns out that characteristic extends beyond just the character of Mike and to the actor who played him, Johnathan Banks. In a recent interview with Paul F. Thompkins, Banks added his name to the long list of people that think the Washington Redskins ought to think about changing their team name. Per Thomkins interview with Banks:
“A Washington Redskins fan, but you know, we gotta change the name, dude. Even if there are two American Indians out there that don’t want to be called Redskins. Just change the name. If somebody’s offended by it, then change it,” he continued. “It’s not that big a deal.”
Banks comments echo many others that have rightfully been made in recent months that call for the last racist name in professional football to be abolished and changed. It’s been a topic of much debate among sports fans, as the two sides of the argument show both the heartfelt side of fans and the horrifically arrogant and ignorant as well. As Keith Olbermann said on his broadcast a few nights ago, the only man who can change the name is Daniel Snyder, the owner of the Redskins. Until that man changes his mind, no man can force the decision on him. But the number of names piling up that are against continuing to use the racial epithet may be something that pushes Snyder in the moral direction. Plus, when Mike Ehrmantraut tells you to do something, you do it.