Roger Goodell, who was long supported the controversial name of Washington’s football team, may have just eased his stance in the matter. In an appearance on the Lavar and Dukes show on 106.7 The Fan, the NFL Commissioner said that the league and team have an obligation to respond to any criticism that they receive because of the name.
“If one person is offended, we have to listen,” Goodell said, according to The Fan’s Grant Paulsen. “If we are offending one person, we need to try to do the right things to try to address that.”
In the past, Goodell came to the defense of team owner Daniel Snyder and the ‘Skins moniker. Most recently, in June, he responded to a letter from ten members of Congress asking that the name be changed, with a letter of his own, writing, “The name is a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”
Native Americans (and Wikipedia) beg to differ.
Two major sports writers came out against the name recently. Peter King of Sports Illustrated and Bill Simmons of ESPN/Grantland both said they will stop using the term “Redskins” in their writing.
Take a listen to the full conversation between the Commish and Lavar and Dukes after the jump.