Roger Goodell discusses Redskins name
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is now weighing in on the Washington Redskins name debate.
Goodell spoke outside a Georgetown hotel Tuesday. When asked if the Washington Redskins should change its name, Goodell said everyone needs to listen to one another.
“Whenever you have a situation like this, you have to listen,” he says. “And that’s what I suggested – that we have to listen…and do what’s right.”
The controversy has peaked in the last few days. President Barack Obama said Saturday he would consider getting rid of the name if he owned the team, and the NFL took the unprecedented step Monday of promising to meet with the Oneida Indian Nation, which is waging a national ad campaign against the league.
When asked about Obama's comments, Goodell said that the president was also saying that there are differing views.
“I don’t speak for the president," Goodell says. "He is acknowledging there are different views and people should listen."
This isn't the first time Goodell has discussed the Redskins name. He June, he wrote a letter to congress members but remained non-committal.
"The Washington Redskins name has thus from its origin represented a positive meaning distinct from any disparagement that could be viewed in some other context," NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote in June to 10 members of Congress who challenged the name.
Goodell says he’s confident that owner Dan Snyder is listening to the concerns coming from Oneida Indian Nation, but a change doesn't seem to be on the horizon.
And many lifelong fans don't think there should be a change anyhow. In an Associated Press poll from April, four out of 5 Americans say the name should stay.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.