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Roger Goodell dances around Redskins name question

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While insisting the league is interested in hearing feedback from those who oppose it, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell gave no indication he didn’t support Redskins owner Dan Snyder’s position on his team’s name.

Goodell was asked Friday if he would “feel comfortable calling an American Indian a Redskin to his or her face?”

He didn’t answer that particular branch of the question, but made it clear in his well-rehearsed talking points he didn’t agree with the critics.

“I’ve been spending the last year talking to many leaders in the Native American community,” Goodell said. “We are listening. This is the name of a football team, a football team that’s had that name for 80 years and presented the name in a way that honors Native Americans. We recognize that there are some that don’t agree with the name, and we listened and respected that.

“If you look at the numbers, including in the Native American community, in a Native American community poll nine out of 10 supported the name. Eight out of 10 Americans in the general population would not like us to change the name. So we’re listening and being respectful for people who disagree, but let’s not forget this is the name of a football team.”

While a respectful answer, it’s ultimately unsatisfying to anyone who disagrees that the term isn’t a slur. Because until the league finds a focus group willing to tell them what Snyder doesn’t want to hear, it’s obvious there’s no pressure coming from their end to make him change it.

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36 Responses to “Roger Goodell dances around Redskins name question”
  1. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 31, 2014 1:38 PM

    Raj keeps dancing around the question in a circle. Chanting “Hey, yay, yay…hey, yay, yay..hey, yay, yay…..”

  2. sc711 says: Jan 31, 2014 1:44 PM

    Never take a person’s dignity: it is worth everything to them, and nothing to you.

  3. bobbinski1229 says: Jan 31, 2014 1:44 PM

    Just like the Commish said, it’s the name of a football team and has been that for 80 years, and it’s meant to honor Native Americans. It didn’t seem like he danced around anything. To me it seemed like he wasn’t going to press the issue anymore, maybe other folks should to?

    When is our country going to realize that if just a small percentage of Americans are offended, doesn’t mean we have to change everything. When do we just tell people no?

    Can’t believe it, but I actually agree with the Commish on something.

  4. russellwilsonismymvp says: Jan 31, 2014 1:46 PM

    What a fraudulent Commissioner. I used to think Bud Selig was the worst, but Goodell has convincingly proved otherwise. He should have resigned after Bountygate when he had to tag in the former commissioner to clean up the botched mess he had made of the player suspensions and investigation. Let’s get a purist in there who doesn’t want to dramatically change the game EVERY offseason, too. It’s just pathetic.

  5. longsufferingbillsfan says: Jan 31, 2014 1:48 PM

    Nothing like cherry picking your statistics there, commish.

  6. holla2626 says: Jan 31, 2014 1:49 PM

    Would you call a fat guy a Giant to his face?

  7. ravanator says: Jan 31, 2014 1:51 PM

    R-Words are a disgrace to the great state of Maryland. Ravens represent all that is great. R-Words and their fans will always look up to Ravens Nation. Hope Bob Griffin learned from last year and doesn’t sext any Hooter girls this off season.

    #ravensownmaryland
    #rwordsarepathetic
    #changethename

  8. gobes2105 says: Jan 31, 2014 1:53 PM

    So 80-90% of people, including Native Americans have a problem with it.

    Once again the 10-20% of whiners think that because THEY are offended everything should just change….Unreal, when will the PC bull crap stop???

  9. cajunaise says: Jan 31, 2014 2:01 PM

    Justin Bieber has:

    12,800,000 sold albums
    45,000,000 Twitter followers
    57,000,000 Facebook fans
    …and $98,441,954 in box office from ONE movie.

    That’s a lot of people supporting one thing (Bieber). But it doesn’t mean he deserves being supported.

    So, saying “80% of people aren’t offended” by the Redskins name means nothing. Maybe they’re just ignorant – like so many people obviously are.

  10. Punk says: Jan 31, 2014 2:05 PM

    8 out of 10 of us do not want the name changed? I throw the bs flag on that stat.

  11. pftcensor1 says: Jan 31, 2014 2:11 PM

    Not saying the name is “offensive”. But if the league considers it offensive a simple name change doesn’t fix the issue.

    After all shouldn’t the offended parties be able to visit Canton without being offended? Shouldn’t they be able to view NFL records without being offended? Shouldn’t they be able to watch the ’91 Super Bowl without being offended?

    Furthermore how does the league then justify that they sold various shirts, hats, etc. with an “offensive” term. They would have to be prepared to buy it all back.

    Of course Goodell is going to dodge – b/c if it is “offensive” a name change doesn’t resolve the issue.

  12. eagles512 says: Jan 31, 2014 2:11 PM

    It’s actually a perfectly fine response and should, but won’t, put this to rest.

  13. socaldave2011 says: Jan 31, 2014 2:12 PM

    9 out of 10 doctors smoke Camel cigarettes!

  14. Punk says: Jan 31, 2014 2:13 PM

    Complaining about the PC police ought to be an argument auto-fail.

  15. skinsfansince71 says: Jan 31, 2014 2:14 PM

    If 2 out of 3 ain’t bad,what is 8 out of 10?

  16. gobes2105 says: Jan 31, 2014 2:17 PM

    My last should have said 80-90% DON’T have a problem with it.

  17. porklift says: Jan 31, 2014 2:26 PM

    America is about balancing the rights of the few against the rights of the many.

  18. jkinva says: Jan 31, 2014 2:46 PM

    Having “that name for 80 years” is not an argument and should be dropped. A lot of things were and have been around for a long time but that doesn’t make them right.

  19. dboy2323 says: Jan 31, 2014 3:05 PM

    Has anyone ever heard the word used in a derogatory manner? Has anyone ever heard someone say or say damn you Redskin? It’s laughable to me.

  20. dlr4skins says: Jan 31, 2014 3:11 PM

    Was anyone outraged for Florida State Seminoles during the National Championship?

    Seems the fact that the constant war chants and arm waving tomahawks should offend more people since they are actually mocking our Native Americans!

    People perplex me.

  21. holla2626 says: Jan 31, 2014 3:11 PM

    Who defines what is “right?”

    Primarily public opinion

  22. oldlthrneck says: Jan 31, 2014 3:19 PM

    “America is about balancing the rights of the few against the rights of the many.”

    America is all about not allowing the tyranny of the minority to dictate how the majority lives. A poll in the Native American community overwhelmingly (9 out of 10) does not support changing the name. I believe that puts the issue to rest.

  23. joewilliesshnoz says: Jan 31, 2014 4:02 PM

    Roger also opened by saying Hey, how are ya, 3 times real fast.

  24. elyasm says: Jan 31, 2014 4:24 PM

    Would you feel comfortable calling a Caucasian American a Cracker to his or her face?

    No? Then why do I encounter that racial epithet every time I go to the grocery store?

    Oh, that’s right, because context MATTERS.

  25. Punk says: Jan 31, 2014 4:32 PM

    I can’t believe people are arguing whether or not the Washington Redskins name is racist.

    Of course it’s racist, the question is really do you care enough to stop buying team memorabilia?

  26. bman0921 says: Jan 31, 2014 4:45 PM

    Typical response from a Whiteskin.

  27. thetruthcampaign says: Jan 31, 2014 4:47 PM

    Asking him if he’d feel comfortable calling a Native American that face-to-face got the point across.

  28. comeonnowguys says: Jan 31, 2014 4:50 PM

    You know, if there’s nothing wrong with the name, why didn’t Goodell use it?

  29. mitybuc says: Jan 31, 2014 7:12 PM

    Without a doubt this nation is getting soft.

  30. charger383 says: Jan 31, 2014 8:47 PM

    Redskins until the end of football

  31. matt4477 says: Jan 31, 2014 9:01 PM

    And It will be Redskins for the NEXT 80 years

  32. fryeways says: Jan 31, 2014 10:24 PM

    Amazing how many racists out themselves in comments every time this makes headlines. It’s nothing to do with being “PC.” It’s about showing a modicum of respect to the very groups of people white Europeans such as myself oppressed for centuries in taking over this continent. Change the name and be on the right side of history.

  33. keivinsmith56 says: Feb 1, 2014 8:44 AM

    Will you PLEASE cease with your obsessive PC diatribe concerning the Redskin’s name ? We get enough of this crap in other areas of life without it seeping into the sports world.I watch sports to get relief from politics,but when I turn to sports these days,I get the likes of Christine Brennan,Peter King,Mike Wise and you ranting about the use of the name Redskins.Have you ever thought how important a city or state’s football team is to them? People who will lay out of work if they see a snow flake,will sit out in a driving rain storm or blizzard to watch their favorite team.It is a name of honor.Have you ever heard of a organization name their team the pedophiles or klansmen? “No! So stick to sports writing ,PLEASE!
    ps: I am a white male and it not bother me one bit for a team to be called the Caucasians!

  34. defscottyb says: Feb 1, 2014 9:56 PM

    Isn’t it funny how PFT now only posts like 20 or 30 comments under Redskin articles now? It used to be 150-200+ comments (mostly supporting the keeping of the name). I guess they didn’t like the responses/comments so suppress them. Seems very fishy to me to say the least.

  35. skinsfansince71 says: Feb 2, 2014 1:25 PM

    Hey Ravan didn’t your team lose to the Browns when they still had a chance at the playoffs?

  36. pftcensor1 says: Feb 3, 2014 9:04 AM

    @defscottyb –

    We have our eye on you….

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