Is Roger Goodell Changing His Stance On Renaming the Washington Redskins?

By Andrew Fisher
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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t sounded like a guy in favor of changing the Washington Redskins‘ nickname in the past. However, his latest comments from a recent radio interview sound a little different from what we’ve previously heard. Here’s what the commish had to say when asked about the offensive nature of the nickname Redskins:

“If we are offending one person, we need to be listening and making sure that we’re doing the right things to try to address that. But, it is something that I want all of us to go out and make sure we’re listening to our fans, listening to people who have a different view, and making sure that we continue to do what’s right to make sure that team represents the strong tradition and history that it has for so many years.”

Well, as it turns out, he sounded different until he used the word but. It happens all the time. Someone will be going along and you think they’re changing their tune when they stop and say: yeah that’s great, but…

First off, the nickname is clearly offending at least one person, so the league should already be open to changing it. I think what Goodell is trying to say is – there are way more people in favor of keeping the name than changing it, so it’s going to stay as is until those folks against it speak up so loudly, that the league has no other choice but to make a change.

At this time, the commish is still leaving the decision up to Redskins’ owner Daniel Snyder, who has said he will ‘never’ change the team’s nickname.


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