Posted January 31, 2014

Roger Goodell says ‘Nine of 10 Native Americans support the Redskins’ name’

NFC East, Roger Goodell, Super Bowl XLVIII, Washington Redskins
The Redskins' name is 'presented in a way that honors Native Americans,' Roger Goodell said Friday.

The Redskins’ name is ‘presented in a way that honors Native Americans,’ Roger Goodell said Friday. (G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

NEW YORK — NFL commissioner Roger Goodell backed the Washington Redskins’ moniker Friday, stating that nine out of 10 Native Americans support the name.

That remark came during Goodell’s annual press conference on the Friday of Super Bowl week. Goodell actually was asked rather contentiously if he “would call a [Native American] a Redskin to his face?” The commissioner mostly sidestepped that question, instead offering up the reasoning behind not forcing Washington owner Daniel Snyder to change his team’s name.

“This is the name of a football team … [and it has been] presented in a way that honors Native Americans,” Goodell said.

In June, Goodell also argued for Snyder’s right to keep the Redskins name in a letter sent to 10 members of Congress, who had called on the commissioner to step in.

“The Washington Redskins name has … from its origin represented a positive meaning distinct from any disparagement that could be viewed in some other context,” Goodell wrote. “For the team’s million of fans and customers, who represent one of America’s most ethnically and geographically diverse fan bases, the name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”

Goodell added in that letter that “the Washington Redskins name has been confirmed in a legal context.”

The commissioner touched on a number of pressing topics during his press conference Friday, including a callback to comments he recently made concerning the possible use of medicinal marijuana to assist injured NFL players. As he did initially, Goodell stated that there has not been near enough evidence to support a change to the NFL’s drug policy.

“We are not actively considering that at this point and time,” he said. “But if it does down the road some time, that’s something we would never take off the table if we could benefit our players at the end of the day. … I don’t see any change in the near future.”

Goodell was asked if he would be willing to subject himself to random drug tests, as the players are.

“I am randomly tested [for marijuana],” he responded, “and I am happy to say that I am clean.”

Another topic touched on during the presser: the possibility that another cold-weather city could host a future Super Bowl. This year’s game, to be held in New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, appears that it may dodge earlier forecasts of nasty wintry weather — current predictions call for high temperatures near 50 on Sunday, with little if any precipitation.

Goodell maintained that more than just the weather’s impact on Super Bowl XLVIII will determine if franchises like Philadelphia, Washington or Chicago would host the league’s title game down the road.

“We know there’s interest in other communities hosting the Super Bowl,” he said, though he tempered any enthusiasm by again mentioning the massive infrastructure requirements (including upwards of 30K available hotels) to put on such an event.

307 comments
longandstraight
longandstraight

Good grief.  If there was ever any doubt that lib/prog/lefties are out of their minds, the comments here should permanently remove it from any sane person's mind.

Do any of you morons understand the history behind why the Washington football team was named "Redskins"?  If you don't - and I think it's a safe bet that you have no idea as is usually the case when you nitwits spout your uninformed bilge - google it and educate yourselves.


Assigning a nickname to a sports team is a way of honoring those that the name comes from and in this particular case it was done to honor a specific individual in the Washington organization.


If you want to get upset at a nickname, go after the Pirates or the Buccaneers.  What's up with naming the teams after a bunch of murdering thieves?


Nitwits.

trini reyes
trini reyes

Thats ok in the future the whites will be the minority, Did you know that the euro white  immigrants legal and illegal coming to America( United States) are out numbered by the non whites (Chinese,African,Mexican)  Things are going to change a lot. Look we have a African American prez, a woman will be next,  then a hispanic prez, look out when we get a NATIVE AMERICAN prez. Dont get angry its just what is called " what goes round comes round"

misterdeltoid
misterdeltoid

What Goodell neglected to mention is that the 10 native Americans that he spoke to are his gardener, his chauffeur, his butler, etc. 

eswany33
eswany33

Even if 9 of 10 Native Americans support the name, that still leaves over a half-million people that disagree with the name. If the commissioner has to sidestep a question about the political correctness of a team name that is in question, the name should be abolished. If the NFL truly wanted to show that they support Native Americans they should give them a chunk of the money they save every year by maintaining non-profit status. 

Rojodi
Rojodi

If it honors my ancestors and those of others, why did he constantly use "Native American"?  I find him arrogant on the subject and truly clueless as to what the true meaning of the word is.  

manniefaces
manniefaces

Redskins is a racial slur debate over.

look@thebrightside
look@thebrightside

i do agree that the name is a bit ridiculous, but its a name. GET OVER IT. 

on the other hand i find it a shameful example of the education system in this country, where we still identify the indians of north america as being "native". scientific findings will tell you that the body of the first man found in n.a. was polynesian of descent. the indians migrated here just like the white euros. the only difference is, the indians came here first, this by no means makes them any more native to this land than anyone that was born here. this whole name thing and so called "native" nonsense, is just that, nonsense. there are much more important things to focus on, like perhaps not allowing our war mongering government to illegally invade any more countries ! 

PeteMiller
PeteMiller

why can't they name them after one of the old local tribes and keep their logo ? it's seems that could be a good compromise.

TheDistrict
TheDistrict

If you can't understand why the name Redskins is racist then...well...I honestly have very little hope for you as an individual. 

BarrySoetoro
BarrySoetoro

People who are too Stupid to realize that this name actually gives more credit than is due don't matter.

h8theloonyleft
h8theloonyleft

It's always so amusing to see the liberal bedwetters get so apopletic over a minor issue.

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

Let's hope the next NFL franchise calls themselves "The White Trash." Catch my drift?

Octavio
Octavio

Nine out of ten support the name, but the 10th one is on the warpath.

lassenlou
lassenlou

Well, I guess that $25 mil per year is sufficient remuneration to get a suit to say, oh, for example, that day is night, black is white, football is not violent, or even that redskin is something that one should proudly call native americans. I have read a lot of articles, comments and punditry columns where slimey sycophants have lied through their teeth for a lot less cash. I guess the cost of the lie is not necessarily related to the cost of the man, just a measure of him. 

MrArlington
MrArlington

The Redskins are a privately owned franchise. The public has no actual say in whether they should be renamed. If a subset of the population is offended they are free to voice their displeasure to whomever will listen. If they make a strong enough case for a name change then it will happen. If they don't then the name will stick. Hail.

KristinDiggins
KristinDiggins

I think Sherman should decide as he has become the arbiter of all that is racist in this country!

DavidHarte
DavidHarte

Goodell is quickly becoming the farce of American sports, and that's actually being kind--his position on brain injuries is anything but funny.


This bit of linguistic & historical stupidity just shows us how far out of touch the senator's son is.  You are humiliating yourself, Roger.  Best to stop talking in public?

rememberwhatbushdid
rememberwhatbushdid

I hate to be the one to break the truth to Mr. Goodell.  The point is NOT what HE thinks about the name "Skins" or "Redskins".  It's not his heritage, likeness, logo etc..  It should be ENTIRELY  up to the local and regional councils for the native Americans in the Washington D.C. area to decide if it's an honor...AND if anyone can use their name, likeness, logo, etc..  STOP BEING SO ARROGANT.

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

9 out of 10 Natives may not give a darn, that's not hard to believe at all. But I can guarantee that more than 9 out of 10 outraged responses on this thread are guilt-hardened and trained white people. The irony is that if the 'Skins ever change their name it will be because enough white people care, not Natives. Buzz off, you bunch of self righteous clowns...

Tamanoüs
Tamanoüs

What kind of an honor done on your behalf can it be when you detest it?  


Read the account of the slaughter of "redskins," old people, women and children by a crazed white Colorado militia at Sand Creek; then you will understand a bit of where the native people are coming from on this issue.  The term "redskin" helped shape the cultural narrative that permitted those atrocities--and I mean outrageous, sickening atrocities.

Kenny2Thorough
Kenny2Thorough

@look@thebrightside If we said American Indian rather than "native" Americans then would you consider that more accurate? You're right in that pretty much everyone who lives outside of east Africa has migrated to their new home at some point in the past. 


American Indians migrated to North America about 30,000 to 12,000 years ago depending on who you ask. Large scale non American Indian groups migrated to North America less than 500 years ago. So considering the scale of time elapsed than I can understand people using the term Native American. But I also agree with your position that everyone migrated at some point in the past.


I think it's inevitable and natural for humans to migrate for various reasons. USA used ethnic cleansing against American Indians to establish European American dominated territories. Overtime the goal of maintaining European American dominance has faded a bit after the emancipation of African Americans during the civil war. Now people of non European decent are allowed to be citizens in USA.

Cookie10
Cookie10

@look@thebrightside  "i do agree that the name is a bit ridiculous, but its a name. GET OVER IT." 


So basically you'd support an American sports team named, "The Alabama N***ers"? No? What's the difference?


I'll tell you. In 2014, it's still safe to use words and names that are derogatory to Native Americans because there aren't nearly enough of them left to be taken seriously. There are no financial or social consequences for this ongoing form of bigotry. Otherwise it would have stopped.


People like you are mildly inconvenienced because you don't like being reminded that accepting stuff like this makes you a bigot. You want to live with the lie that in America racism is okay so long as you don't get called on it or expected to be held responsible.


This entire thing holds up a mirror to white America and puts their hypocrisy on display for the entire world. 


GET OVER IT. Until things change, people are going to keep bringing it up. That's how change works.

MrArlington
MrArlington

@TheDistrict Why would a sports team name themselves a "racist" name? It clearly portrays the Native Americans in a positive light. While you are on your high horse do you have any other evil sports teams to take down? Florida State maybe?

LawrenceArabia
LawrenceArabia

@h8theloonyleft  You mean minor issue like when the GOP goes berserk asking an apology from a newspaper for having called them "reprehensible party"?

NictheRellek
NictheRellek

@h8theloonyleft  


if its not such a big deal then no one should have a problem changing the name right..because its a minor issue right?

LawrenceArabia
LawrenceArabia

@Octavio  Imagine if a team had a name "honoring" the black or jewish community…or even the white one that profited from slavery...

humdrumdrumhumming
humdrumdrumhumming

@MrArlington  


except you skipped one thing, 


every major american sports franchise exists solely because they enjoy exclusions from monopoly, oligopoly and racketeering laws -- without which they couldn't operate.. congress can bring any american sport to its knees at any time, if it chooses.. the Redskins are also subsidized by the government in various ways that you probably don't understand, and subject to losing those benefits at any time…


if the U.S. congress (correctly) deems your team's name racist/offensive/not ok with how they're feeling the day they vote --- you will lose the name forever.. 


(or, if just ONE, united states representative makes this their personal pet project they could easily bring this vote home in a few years)


and how the congress vote is entirely about the "actual say" of the public, who will be the ones deciding this, not your dooshbag owner, or you…


fail...

WyattThompson1
WyattThompson1

@rememberwhatbushdid I hate to be the one to point out your mistake but the headline of the article is that 9 of 10 do not care. Should it be a 100% vote? I did not get a vote on the fighting irish for my irish heritage. Hell our council has not met for years. Last time it got out of hand....

KristinDiggins
KristinDiggins

@rememberwhatbushdid  So a drawing of an Indian in a ceremonial head dress can only be used commercially if Indian tribes approve and reap some reward?  Clearly you don't know much about copyright, property or IP law.  Second, if that were in fact the case, I should be getting checks from Notre Dame given my Irish heritage.  Where are my checks??!!

NictheRellek
NictheRellek


@Joebuckster


its the primary tactic of minority groups..to throw all the hypocrisy, cruelty and insensitivity in the face of the majority and hope enough of them are moved to make change. Have to admit its pretty effective. 

Joebuckster
Joebuckster

Truth: this whole issue is driven by guilt ridden white people and a small Native political lobby group dying for some exposure. When the white people stop caring it will all disappear...

WyattThompson1
WyattThompson1

@Tamanoüs and when you say "where the native american people are coming from" you are talking about 10%

WyattThompson1
WyattThompson1

@Tamanoüs You are so Right! One group of people hundred and fifty years ago should make us all feel guilty. Wars happen. People die. How many indians died at the hands of other indians before white people got here? How many atrocities did they commit in that time? If the government tries to kill a group of people NOW then I will be against it in a big way but I will not feel guilty about something a group of people did before my ancestors even came to this country. 

NictheRellek
NictheRellek

@MrArlington @TheDistrict  


Native Americans can be portrayed in a positive light without the use of a word that was created as a derogatory term. Would you call an indian a redskin to his face (if he weren't your buddy)?


If not why not?

Rojodi
Rojodi

@WyattThompson1 @Wisconsin Death Trip  Am I a white trash liberal?  My paternal grandmother was born on the St. Regis Mohawk reservation.  I can remember being 6 and using that word in front of her, and getting the back of her right hand in my mouth.  


Yeah, I'm just a white liberal.

h8theloonyleft
h8theloonyleft

None of what you say is even close to the truth. Congress has no control over the NFL. And there have been numerous footbal leagues started up to compete with the NFL such as the USFL. There is no monopoly power. Epic fail on your part!

Kenny2Thorough
Kenny2Thorough

@humdrumdrumhumming @MrArlington Sports franchises do depend on subsidies for stadiums and stuff like that. But do you think it's a bit overbearing for congress to get involved to deeply into this issue? I'm leaning towards letting it play itself out in the free market and public opinion. 

I also would like to see a survey of the parties involved who have a grievance with the name so that I can have some quantitative idea of who's offended by the teams name. 

But in someways this brings attention to ethnic cleansing and genocide. I mean, it's easy to say it's bad when someone else does it. But if you're the one who benefits from it than it doesn't seem so bad. That's something we all should think about when we look in the mirror.

Iowa
Iowa

@Kenny2Thorough @KristinDiggins  Yeah, it's hyperbole, and no, just because you say it doesn't mean it's true. But nice try, like most Millennial types you think that if you say or get behind something that it makes you some modern-day civil rights activist. Richard Sherman is an intelligent guy, like MLK, but unlike MLK he made a fool out of himself on TV and even admitted he was a bad example for kids. The truth is most people today who think they're some kind of civil rights pioneers know hardly a thing about MLK's real philosophies.

NictheRellek
NictheRellek

@WyattThompson1 @Tamanoüs  


why does it hurt you to change a name?? If you don't give a crap about the history of this country then why give a crap about a name of a football team??

bandit74
bandit74

@NictheRellek @MrArlington @TheDistrict  This word was NOT created as a derogatory term.  When will people realise this?  BTW, I am not necessarily defending the term, just that it was not initially a derogatory term.  That context was only added later

humdrumdrumhumming
humdrumdrumhumming

@h8theloonyleft  really? please tell me more genius...



from opencongress dot org



Modern professional sports leagues in the U.S. qualify as "interstate commerce" and are therefore able to be regulated by Congress. The National Football League (NFL) is one of many leagues for which Congress has been involved. In 2005, for example, citing the increased visibility of steroid use and its effects on amateur and high school sports, the industry found itself the target of a congressional investigation. Members of Congress have also been known to criticize or directly contact the league with the intention of modifying its behavior.


House investigates NFL pension and disability plans in 2007

Following months of complaints from retired players and significant press attention, the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law held hearings on the NFL's pension and disability plans, and examined both the plans themselves and their management.[1] Former Minnesota Vikings guard Brent Boyd testified that in spite of a head injury that left him unable to work, he was turned down for compensation and coverage on multiple occasions. Players and their attorneys argued that their claims are stalled for long periods of time, and are often denied with little to no explanation. They accused the NFL Players Association, the group tasked with working for players' rights, of failing in its duties.[2]


Investigations of steroid use in the National Football League

In 2005, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform began investigating steroid use in the NFL. The committee specifically requested that the NFL turn over documentation of its 15-year drug screening program, including information on how many players had used illegal drugs and which drugs had been used. The committee did not, however, request the names of players who had tested positive for drug use.



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ps might wanna go back and take econ again, 


just because you are allowed to compete against someone (start your own mom & pop store, compete against microsoft, or the NFL) doesn't mean the dominant players in the those industries aren't enjoying oligopoly/monopoly advantages --- advantages that will lead all other competitors to fail


sound familiar?


Kenny2Thorough
Kenny2Thorough

@biasedsportsfan @Kenny2Thorough@humdrumdrumhumming@MrArlington The government does get involved when sports industries with special legal status have certain issues. Like with steroids in the MLB and concussions in the NFL. But I don't think this is one of those issues where the government should get involved.

I think we as fans should use this as a chance to discuss genocide and ethnic cleansing. I mean, do anyone really feel sorry about it? It's probably something that most people rarely thinks about.

A lot of people like to distance themselves from the ethnic cleansing and slavery issues of Americas pass as if modern society is so enlighten that eugenics is no longer an issue. But that's not true. 

 Amendment 1 in NC was reportedly written to save the white race. But I don't think that's necessarily racist. It just shows that it would hubris to forget history so quickly.

 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/02/north-carolina-gay-marriage-amendment-1_n_1470956.html

Kenny2Thorough
Kenny2Thorough

@Iowa @Kenny2Thorough@KristinDigginsMartin Luther King Jr.'s approval ratings in surveys before he died were pretty low. Both blacks and whites where disillusioned with his message. Some people still view MLK Jr as having a negative influence on America. But today MLK Jr is viewed much more positively than before his death. Some people misunderstand Sherman now. But in some ways he's ahead of is time and the way MLK Jr was.

Sherman isn't just a man of ideas. He's a man of action. Sherman is already actively making a profound impact on society through his education initiative. Checkout this video and see for yourself how deeply touched and motivated these kids are after learning of Sherman's message.

http://embed.contagiousmedia.com/embed/sub/he-showed-up-to-help-out-these-high-school-kids-th-mzx99q-6iqs?uri=he-showed-up-to-help-out-these-high-school-kids-th-mzx99q-6iqs&cb=1391285419


Rush Limbaugh sees the potential that Sherman has.

"I frankly think as I go out on a limb here, I don't want to put pressure on people that they perhaps don't want themselves.  He[Sherman] would be an ideal role model for young people of all races, simply because of his work ethic, because of his achievements and accomplishments."