Redskins Owner Dan Snyder Reportedly to Meet with Roger Goodell over Team Name
Mark Maske of The Washington Post broke the news on Monday, citing a source with knowledge of the situation:
The Snyder-Goodell meeting “is to get more of an understanding from the club as to how it plans to address the issue,” according to source.— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) October 29, 2013
Snyder reportedly reiterated his stance to Goodell during the meeting.
ESPN.com's Don Van Natta Jr. has the latest on this situation:
In the 90-minute meeting between Oneida Nation representatives and three senior league executives in New York City, the officials also asked for all team owners to meet with Oneida leaders the week of Super Bowl XLVIII. And they asked that Snyder and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who was traveling Wednesday and did not attend the meeting, visit Oneida Nation homelands in upstate New York.
But the Oneida representatives left disappointed, saying after the meeting with senior NFL executives Jeff Pash, Adolpho Birch and Paul Hicks that the league "defended the use of a racist name," Oneida spokesman Joel Barkin said.
"We are very disappointed," he said. "This is the beginning of a process. It's clear that they don't see how this is not a unifying term. They don't have a complete appreciation for the breadth of opposition of Native Americans to this mascot and name."
Maske also reports that Snyder hasn't budged on his stance regarding the issue:
There is no indication Snyder has modified his stance that the team name won't be changed, said the person with knowledge of the meeting.— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) October 29, 2013
This has been a hot-button issue this season in particular. U.S. President Barack Obama has given his opinion, noting that the name was "offending a sizable group of people." Obama implied he'd be open to changing it, if it were up to him, per CNN's Alison Harding.
According to Harding's report, the Oneida Indian Nation held a symposium not far from where NFL executives met in the nation's capital on Oct. 8 for the league's annual fall meeting.
The Native American tribe is lobbying for the name "Redskins" to be changed after 80 years.
Goodell previously stated that the name change wasn't discussed at the fall meeting, but now it seems he's taking a more active approach in addressing the issue.
The commissioner provided an interesting quote on Saturday in London ahead of the Week 8 showdown between the San Francisco 49ers and Jacksonville Jaguars at Wembley Stadium, via Monday Morning Quarterback's Peter King.
"I walked around our house singing, ‘Hail to the Redskins’ as a kid. So it’s something I always looked at as a very positive thing. But I understand the other side of that," said Goodell.
It seems that Snyder is staunch in his stance on retaining the Redskins' name, and Goodell may not offer significant opposition in the context of his boyhood admiration for the team.
This issue has stretched beyond the confines of the white lines, so it will be interesting to see how it plays out, particularly since the Redskins organization is based in the political epicenter of the United States.
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