Roger Goodell: NFL “supportive” of Washington considering name change

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With financial pressures mounting, Washington owner Dan Snyder has relented to consider abandoning his use of a slur as a team name.

And the NFL sounds on board with the plan.

“In the last few weeks we have had ongoing discussions with Dan and we are supportive of this important step,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement.

Those conversations might have been taking place for weeks, but the pressure was turned up last night when sponsor FedEx announced they wanted Snyder to change the name of his team, which he said he would all caps “NEVER” change. Coupled with Nike pulling the team’s merchandise from its online store, major sponsors helped spark what seems likely to be a major change.

But times have changed as well, and it would have been hard for the NFL to seriously claim progress on other arenas, if it stood by while Snyder perpetuated the use of a dated stereotype.

60 responses to “Roger Goodell: NFL “supportive” of Washington considering name change

  1. Isn’t it a bit racist/ demeaning for non-native americans to tell native americans the name Redskins for a sports team is offensive to native americans? What does that say about native americans who proudly name their sports teams Redskins; are these people calling native americans racist to themselves?

  2. The majority of NFL fans are overwhelmingly supportive of a name change.

    In the Commissioner’s office.

  3. At what point are the rest of us – the majority – going to start making companies who to pander to this pressure financially pay? Why not send a message to NFL that the rest of us will start not supporting the NFL for being so ridiculous?

  4. Knee jerk reaction, patronizing, tokenism reaction not unexpected, stand strong Dan Snyder

  5. JP says:
    July 3, 2020 at 11:34 am

    At what point are the rest of us – the majority – going to start making companies who to pander to this pressure financially pay? Why not send a message to NFL that the rest of us will start not supporting the NFL for being so ridiculous?
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    Go ahead. No one is stopping you. Just don’t be surprised to discover that your so-called majority is vastly outnumbered by people on all sides of the political spectrum.

  6. Isn’t mike under contract with the nfl to supply merch for 32 teams? If they cease to sell redskins gear they are in breach of contract and that could cause a major lawsuit from the nfl or the redskins for Nike not fulfilling their obligation under their current deal. They team has already won in court for their trademark rights. The redskins should sue Nike and then they should produce their own line of merch that goes directly to them if the jfk doesn’t want to support them. No more 1/32nd of the pie for merch as the redskins with the nations 4th largest market will make hand over fist in sales. Can’t wait to see how this plays out.

  7. Florio is a lawyer right? You should know this: read the words carefully “”supportive of considering a name change”. Basically that is just fancy speak to make people think they may do something and to protect the brand and the image. Nothing will change.

  8. I’ve read waaaay too many accounts from actual native Americans using the team name/logo with pride in their Native American communities, or straight up not caring, for me to take all of the white people talking about this seriously.

  9. Don’t worry, this concern over the racist Washington name will likely magically disappear like the Covid virus did.

  10. We may disagree about whether the name is right or wrong on its own, but the mob telling you it is wrong and you should change it does not determine the rightness or wrongness of the name. Caving to pressure on something like this that is not obviously immoral or illegal is much easier than standing firm. It actually takes a stronger person to say I’m not going to give in because I havent done anything wrong. I have been a Redskins fan for 50 years. I have not been the biggest fan of Dan Snyder over the years but i am 100% with him on this. I will always call them the Redskins!

  11. Read the words carefully “supportive of considering a name change”. That literally means nothing. So, he is supportive of considering… consider and not do anything.

  12. Cue the “cancel culture” cracks on a name issue that has been disputed as racist for years and years before the term cancel culture was even conceived. I remember all the local native american tribes protesting the name around the Metrodome before the 87 Superbowl (obviously not the poll subjects paid for by Snyder’s media company).

  13. This is starting to take on the pathos of a Shakespearean tragedy. And so it is fitting to recall the great bard’s famous adage “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Call them the Redskins, the Redtails, the Redheads, call them whatever you want. But the team in Washington, however named, is and always will be the class of the NFL. I could not be more proud of this fabled franchise.

  14. The tomahawk chop the Chief fans do is equally racist!! Why no outrage over that???

  15. As we embark on independence day, we are now no longer independent, free speech is being stripped away, tolerance is no longer a value and worst of all, a select few can now change the meaning of a Name. We’re done.

  16. Nothing say a free country like being dictated to by a Godless Souless corporation like Nike – which that uses slave labor in china, doesn’t manufacture in the USA and over prices their products.

  17. It’s funny the NFL had no problem, for decades, with the Redskins until the woke crowd started complaining about it. Now they’re going to put pressure on the owner of the team, who purchased the team when the name was fine and dandy, to change it so they can virtue signal. It doesn’t bother me if they change it, it’s not my team anyway, but I hate to see people who throw temper tantrums get their way. If you’ve ever raised children you know that’s not the way it’s done.

  18. JP says:
    July 3, 2020 at 11:34 am
    At what point are the rest of us – the majority – going to start making companies who to pander to this pressure financially pay? Why not send a message to NFL that the rest of us will start not supporting the NFL for being so ridiculous?
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    And that’s exactly what we are going to do!

  19. It will be the Washington Bravehearts. Snyder has already trademarked the name, and did so a couple years back. Bank in it.

  20. How is a tomahawk chop racist? Didn’t native Americans and settlers as well use tomahawks? Are we going to consider pretending to use hammers racist too?

  21. Warriors, Redhawks, Redtails, Senators, Dragons, Pigskins, Redhogs, Bombers, Generals, Hogs, Braves, Federals, Redbirds. Pick one, Dan. Keep your team colors and uniform, swap the logo. How hard is it?

  22. This nation hasn’t been the greatest since the fifties or sixties. We have been invaded. Movies, music, books, sports, and education are at their worst they’ve ever been. The future of this nation looks very unpromising. I see it becoming multiple countries in the upcoming future.

  23. covidiots says:
    July 3, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    I’m just here for the meltdown comments by the poor racists

    Hilarious

    Strange that you find this funny at all. Maybe your screen name is indicative of why.

  24. Agree or not the tide has turned and the name will change. It’s just a matter of what the new name will be. Hopefully it will not be Washington Senators.

  25. hukdeep says:
    July 3, 2020 at 11:37 am
    RACISM LOSES AGAIN!!

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    Why are you so offended?

  26. White liberals doing everything they can to change Redskins…..

    Meanwhile The Kansas City CHIEFS play at ARROWHEAD stadium and their predominantly white fan base do the TOMAHAWK CHOP.

  27. Congratulations Intolerant Nation. Teaching kids to be strong and offended by creating your own meaning and own offensiveness. Clap. Clap.

  28. I always find it interesting when angry white men on a pedastal champion a cause the majority of people they are “defending” don’t want. Is it a look at me thing or is it that they are so angry and out of touch they get triggered when assume a something should offend someone else? To me, growing up a Redskin fan, choosing to be called the Redskins represented a sign of respect toward the Native American Warriors who fought ferociously even though it was a lost cause and they stood no chance against a well armed, technically advanced group. Specifically, a nod to Tecumseh and the Confederacy of Tribes that banded together after their continued losses brought previously warring tribes together. I was proud as a child that my team represented those warriors and their bravery and ferocity to fight against the odds. I still am. It seems 9 out of 10 Native American agree, according to the Washington Post. The survey the WaPost did in 2016 was an independent survey from a newspaper that hates Dan Snyder and has paid its own group of angry white men to write articles for the previous 10 years from that very same pedestal. The conclusion of the WaPost survey- more than 9 out of 10 Native Americans support the Redskins, Indians and Chiefs. Even proudly wear their gear. They all are embarrassed that the Redskins have been so bad for so long, but still support them. They are ashamed the team they root for just cannot get their act together on the field. Disappointed and embarrassed fan, just like me. But, not offended by anything but their performance. Maybe it is time to listen to the overwhelming majority of Native Americans on this subject. If they were offended, I would agree. In a country where it appears over 10% of people are now offended by everything, it appears no one is listening to their majority opinion. The only opinion that really counts here. That is all.

  29. I don’t do social media, but I can’t resist ProFootballTalk’s comment section, because it seems to be a sanctuary for right-wing trolls. For all the commenters and readers of the comment section who vote down people who are supportive of changing the name of the Washington NFL football franchise, all I can say is that it is ridiculous that you are so offended that you can no longer be offensive. And that you throw such fits complaining about “wokeness” and “cancel culture.” Here’s the thing about progress: progress entails leaving the mistakes of the past behind. That’s why the horrible things that some people thought were funny in the 70s and 80s, we no longer say anymore in polite society. It’s well past the time for Washington to change the name of its franchise. To me, the best possible name, would be to call the team the Washington Redtails. Washington could keep its burgundy and gold colors, make a fortune in new merchandising sales, receive heaps of positive public support, and honor black lives matter by recognizing the Tuskegee Airmen. Sorry if that’s offensive to those easily offended for being offensive.

  30. So what will white players in the NFL like Drew Brees do now, stand for the black national anthem and kneel for the real national anthem?

  31. All I hear from the SJWs on the net is white this, white that, white privilege, white patriarchy ad naseum. But these same simpletons are to tell me that the name Redskins is offensive? What a clown show.

  32. male101 says:
    July 3, 2020 at 1:02 pm

    So what will white players in the NFL like Drew Brees do now, stand for the black national anthem and kneel for the real national anthem?
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    Ever read the words to the poem from which the National Anthem was taken? If you were black I think you’d have a problem with it too.

  33. nydre4 says:
    July 3, 2020 at 12:56 pm
    The Cleveland Browns…..as in Brown skin? That’s racist. I demand a change.

    No. As in Paul Brown, their first coach and the man who started the franchise. But don’t let that get in the way of your natural inclination…

  34. The Cleveland Browns were named after Paul Brown! Not because the color of someones skin!! NYDRE4! Did you not know that!! So many people post comments saying they read somewhere about something! Back it up by where you read, and the stats that prove your point!!!!

  35. People stop bringing up idiotic statements like Spartans, Cowboys, Indians, Braves and Chiefs are offensive. Do you see an actual derogatory skin color name in those team names? No!

  36. So where’s the fight to change the Andrew Cuomo bridge back to the Tappan Zee bridge? This is modern and verifiable. Take away something that honors and erase their words entirely in both instances. Unaffiliated.

  37. Isn’t mike under contract with the nfl to supply merch for 32 teams? If they cease to sell redskins gear they are in breach of contract and that could cause a major lawsuit from the nfl or the redskins for Nike not fulfilling their obligation under their current deal.

    No. Not at all. Nike, FedEx, and other sponsors can back out and receive possible damages if the other contracting party, Washington, partakes in conduct that “tarnishes the brand.” As a practicing attorney for over 30 years, this would qualify.

  38. Yeah….you’re a beacon of strength Roger. Standing strong on your beliefs and values….just like Drew Brees.

  39. Want to see it changed, this is the first round of pressure, get the big national NFL sponsors to threaten the league, then, you will see it changed in a minute. The petty arguing is a joke, just change the damn name already.

  40. I’m all for Dan Snyder relocating his team after Washington put him in this mess and forced him to do something he didn’t want to do. So if I were Snyder I’d request a relocation to Canada or St Louis

  41. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    July 3, 2020 at 12:14 pm
    The tomahawk chop the Chief fans do is equally racist!! Why no outrage over that???
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    Curiously, I have heard more clamoring from actual American Indians about the tomahawk chips employed by the Atlanta Braves and the KC Chiefs than I have heard about the Redskins name.

  42. Entertaining reading comments from poor, white racists.

    Blahhhh

    Suck it up buttercup.

    No separate but equal.

    No ‘black section’.

    No ‘colored people.

    No ‘redskins’.

    And btw, no one cares what you think as opposed to sponsors paying millions.

    Whaaaaaaaaaas

  43. A lot of melting. A lot of melting. It’s just a mascot… It has nothing to do with why you like the team so wipe them tears. It’s not like the gov’t just took your home and is force marching you thousands of miles away to a completely different region of the country.

  44. nydre4 says:
    July 3, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    Meanwhile The Kansas City CHIEFS play at ARROWHEAD stadium and their predominantly white fan base do the TOMAHAWK CHOP.
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    So you’re argument is that other names and acts of cultural misappropriation are also offensive, so the Redskins name should stay?

    They all may change over time, but starting with dictionary defined racial slur seems logical to most clear thinking people.

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