March 26, 2014

Goodell defends Redskins foundation

Roger Goodell Praises Dan Snyder's Publicity Stunt, Of Course

By Matt CohenFollowing Snyder's self-congratulating letter talking about all the things he's learned about Native Americans in the past several months, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell praised him today at a meeting Snyder organized for league officials and team owners, the Post reports.

“We have been listening, but so has Dan. That was the point of the presentation, that he has been listening,” Goodell said at a press conference following the meeting. “[Snyder] has visited 26 [reservations] and he has been working very closely with them, listening and learning. And there are some important needs that he has identified by having these meetings. But that was a presentation completely by the Redskins. It was their issue, and the membership appreciated hearing it.”
Goodell commends Snyder, says 90 percent of Redskins fans like name

By Ryan Wilson“This is something to your point that has been discussed for decades now. It comes up every once in a while, but people have strong views of it,” the commissioner said. “I think Dan is being very responsible in listening. It's also very clear when you look at public opinion, when you look at the polls that 90 percent of Redskins fans support the name. They believe it's something that represents pride. And the general population also supports it overwhelmingly. He's trying to be responsible in listening and recognizing that people have differing views.”

Last September, ostensibly when Goodell was still in the fact-gathering phase, he told a Washington radio station that, "If one person's offended, we have to listen" before conceding that, "ultimately, it is Dan's decision."
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