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NFL Commissioner on Washington Redskins' Name: If One Person's Offended, We Have to Listen

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has changed his tenor slightly since telling ten members of Congress in June the ‘Redskins’ nickname is a “unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect.”

In an interview with Lavar Arrington and Chad Dukes on 106.7 The Fan Wednesday, Goodell emphasized the importance of both honoring tradition, as well as listening to fans of differing points of view, with regards to the largely debated team 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 told Lavar and Dukes. “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.”

Source: CBS Washington. Read full article. (link)

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  • Sevo||

    I'm offended by his comment!

  • Jose Chung||

    "If One Person's Offended, We Have to Listen"

    I am offended that they feel the need to kowtow to every whiner that voices a complaint. What a vanilla (sugar free, of course) society we are turning into.

  • Beezard||

    We can just be like the British and make it a criminal offense to say something someone takes as deragatory out loud at a game.

    Some Tottenham hotSpurs fans refer to themselves as "yids".


  • Beezard||

    This may seem like a private business banning speech they won't tolerate but the football association is pretty much a wing of the government and racial slurs get investigated by the police there.