Blogger hired to defend Redskins name quits

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ASHBURN, Va. — A blogger hired by the Washington Redskins to defend the team’s name has quit after two weeks.

Ben Tribbett announced his resignation on Twitter late Monday, saying he didn’t want to be a distraction because of personal attacks directed toward him.

Tribbett is well-known in Virginia politics as an advocate for liberal issues. He is perhaps best known for leading the attacks on Sen. George Allen for using the word “macaca” to describe an American of Indian descent during Allen’s re-election campaign in 2006.

Tribbett tweeted that he supports the Redskins name but doesn’t “see eye to eye with some friends” over the issue.

Redskins owner Dan Snyder has vowed not to change the name but is facing unprecedented opposition from those who consider it a racial slur.

COURTS: Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who has pleaded not guilty to three murder charges, is to be transferred today from one jail to another about 58 miles north in Boston to be closer to his lawyers.

Bristol County sheriff’s spokesman, Bernie Sullivan, said Tuesday that Hernandez will be moved from the Bristol County House of Correction in North Dartmouth, where he has been for more than a year, after his Fall River court appearance this afternoon.

Sullivan said Hernandez will either move to the Suffolk County Jail, a maximum security facility on the north side of Boston, or the county jail on the south side, the South Bay House of Correction. South Bay houses both maximum- and minimum-security inmates.

A judge ruled Monday that Hernandez can move to a jail closer to his Boston-based lawyers, but said he would likely be moved back to Bristol County when he goes on trial on the first of three murder charges, possibly in October.

The hearing today is expected to focus on Hernan­dez’s request for a court subpoena to compel the Patriots to turn over his medical, psychological and other team records.

BROWNS: Jim Brown says his 1964 NFL championship ring being auctioned online was stolen from him.

Brown’s ring is up for bidding on www.lelands.com until July 25. As of Tuesday evening, the highest bid was for $40,262. 75.

Brown told cleveland.com that a claim by the auction company that he authenticated the ring is “a lie.” He says he was unaware the ring was being auctioned off.

Brown, who works as a Browns special adviser, says the ring was stolen from him more than 40 years ago.

A phone message from the AP seeking comment from Lelands was not immediately returned.

One of the greatest players in NFL history, Brown rushed for 12,312 yards in nine seasons. In ‘64, he rushed for 1,446 yards and scored seven touchdowns as the Browns won the title - the last for any major Cleveland sports franchise.


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