Two weeks ago, The Washington Redskins hired liberal blogger Ben Tribbett to help defend their name, which Native American groups have been petitioning them to change.
Late last night on Twitter, Tribbett resigned from the job.
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
An older native american guy just accused me of cheating and pulled some stuff out of his pocket to put some kind of spell on me. Epic.— Ben Tribbett (@notlarrysabato) December 21, 2010
100 into 500. #cursefail http://plixi.com/p/64343315— Ben Tribbett (@notlarrysabato) December 21, 2010
Just took Chief for his last 300. I'd call it a scalping but that seems uncalled for.— Ben Tribbett (@notlarrysabato) December 21, 2010
Tribbett's resignation was sufficiently vaguely worded that it's possible he's not resigning solely because of these tweets. Last week, for instance, Buzzfeed's Evan McMorris-Santoro pointed out that Tribbett, in a previous life, had convinced America that Republican politician George Allen's use of the word 'macaca' represented an instance of career-ending racism. Stories about Tribbett's selective understanding of what constitutes racism could also be part of the 'distraction' his resignation refers to.
However, assuming Tribbett has left his job because of the 2010 tweets, it's hard not to marvel at the irony of it. He got hired to defend a football team's racially offensive name. He's resigned after using racially offensive language. It feels like the same logic that caused him to lose his job should have stopped his job from existing.
(Tribbett did not immediately respond to a request for comment, will update if we hear back from him.)