Blogger hired by Redskins for nickname defense abruptly quits

Two weeks after shutting down his own blog and joining the Washington Redskins to defend the team's nickname, blogger and political aide and analyst Ben Tribbett has resigned.

Two weeks after shutting down his own blog and joining the Washington Redskins to defend the team’s nickname, blogger and political aide and analyst Ben Tribbett has resigned.

Tribbett tweeted Monday night that he decided to leave the Redskins organization after political attacks became personal, ending his stream of tweets exalting the football team. Before his brief stint with the Landover, Maryland-based franchise, he ran the now-defunct blog Not Larry Sabato since 2005, according to its Facebook page.

Tribbett’s tweets from Monday night weren’t the first time he’d addressed insults directed at him. He also told The Washington Post that "things got a little out of control on Twitter," without divulging further details of the comments made against him.

On Monday, the Indian Country Today Media Network ran a story using screen grabs of Tribbett’s tweets from 2010 where he allegedly made derogatory comments about Native Americans. In 2006, Tribbett broke the story about former Sen. George Allen (R-VA), the brother of Redskins executive Bruce Allen, referring to an opponent as "macaca."

Across Twitter, users were quick to pick up on Tribbett’s alleged past comments:

Neither Tribbett nor the Redskins organization responded to inquiries seeking comment.

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