NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Friday (January 31) that the Washington Redskins team name is supported by Native Americans. Goodell later said during his time at the podium that the controversial name should be seen as a noble gesture.
At a press conference for Super Bowl XLVIII, Goodell openly stated that nine out of 10 Native Americans support the team name although many of that group see it as a racial slur. Coupled with the logos presented by the football squad and mascots, many who oppose the team name say that the team presents a racist image.
After he was asked if he’d call a Native American a Redskin, Goodell artfully moved aside from answering and instead stuck to his guns.
“This is the name of a football team … [and it has been] presented in a way that honors Native Americans,” Goodell said.
This isn’t Goodell’s first time addressing the Washington Redskins name controversy in recent time. After 10 Congressman called on the commissioner to force team owner Daniel Snyder to change the team’s name, Goodell defended Snyder against the political assault.
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