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.
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) July 8, 2014
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
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) July 8, 2014
PS- Hail to the Redskins!— Ben Tribbett (@notlarrysabato) July 8, 2014
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.
I've been happy to engage with many on this issue, but I will not respond to personal or anonymous attacks. Reiterating to be clear.— Ben Tribbett (@notlarrysabato) July 1, 2014
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:
OOPS: Latest guy Dan Snyder hired to defend "Redskins" called "Redskin" a slur AND used slurs against Natives: http://t.co/nyOSC21Z1d— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) July 7, 2014
Neither Tribbett nor the Redskins organization responded to inquiries seeking comment.