With the media horde descending on New York last week for the Super Bowl, it was inevitable that at some point, commissioner Roger Goodell would have to answer questions about the Redskins team name. Through 2013, the controversy over the name reached new heights, but--while Washington owner Dan Snyder has said he doesn’t intend to ever change the name--there’s been little in the way of commitment one way or the other from the league.
Sure enough, on Friday, Goodell was asked about the name. And sure enough, he didn’t really offer anything concrete in response.
“I’ve been spending the last year talking to many leaders in the Native American community,” Goodell said, per ProFootballTalk.com. “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.”
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