NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says Redskins name honors Native Americans

Jan 31, 2014; New York, NY, USA; NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the media at Rose Theater in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Will they or won’t they? That’s the question surrounding the NFL’s stance on changing the Washington Redskins team nickname.

Owner Daniel Snyder doesn’t seem interested in making a change and it doesn’t appear that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell does either.

Speaking at his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference, Goodell said the Redskins name is presented in a way that ‘honors’ Native Americans.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the Washington Redskins nickname has been “presented in a way that honors Native Americans.”

Goodell said Friday at his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference that he’s been talking to Native American leaders in the past year. But he says the vast majority of Americans in general and Native Americans in particular support the franchise keeping the nickname.

While I understandably can’t argue what Goodell says about him speaking with Native Americans in recent months, it does seem a little difficult to believe the team name is getting ‘support’ considering how many people (including Native Americans) are clamoring for a change.

Regardless, it appears the Washington Redskins nickname is here to stay – at least for the immediate future.

Topics: NFL, Roger Goodell, Washington Redskins

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  • macdw1

    I am not certain I even believe in things like curses ( even though I am from Chicago and the Cubs should be proof enough) but I sincerely hope that the cycle of dysfunction and embarrassing losing seasons continues until they change that horrible name.

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