NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was a guest on The Lavar and Dukes show on 106.7 The Fan in Washington D.C. today and was asked about his thoughts on the controversy over the Redskins name.
“Well as you guys know, I grew up in Washington, so the Colts were my team early on and then I became a Redskins fan,” Goodell said. “I know the team name is part of their history and tradition, and that’s something that’s important to the Redskins fans.”
“I think what we have to do though is we have to listen,” Goodell said. “If one person is offended, we have to listen.”
Goodell made it clear that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder would be the one to change the name.
“Ultimately it is Dan’s decision,” Goodell specified. “But it’s something that I want all of us to go out and make sure we’re listening to our fans, listening to people of 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.”
Goodell said that the NFL has to represent the Skins in positive way and “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.”
I really hope Goodell is listening because a lot of people are offended. The problem is that it sounds like he doesn’t plan on doing anything.