Major League Baseball made news on Monday when it announced that the Cleveland Indians would cease on-field use of the controversial “Chief Wahoo” logo, starting in the 2019 season.
But Roger Goodell does not believe the impact of that decision will be felt in the NFL.
Speaking on ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo Show,” the NFL commissioner said he doesn’t expect that anything will change with the Washington Redskins name.
Goodell’s reasoning is simple. While Cleveland owner Paul Dolan was open to MLB commissioner Rob Manfred’s belief that Chief Wahoo was “no longer appropriate,” Washington team owner Dan Snyder has remained consistent in his refusal to acknowledge the team’s logo and name is offensive. Changing the name is a complete non-starter.
Judging from Goodell’s talking-points response, it’s also a non-starter for the commissioner.
“I don’t see him changing that perspective,” Goodell said on ESPN. “Dan Snyder has really worked in the Native American community to understand better their perspective and I think it’s reflected mostly in a Washington Post poll that came out in the last year that said over nine out of 10 Native Americans do not take that in a negative fashion, the Redskins’ logo or the Redskins’ name, and they support it.”
While we can go round and round about who has the right to be offended — and you know the comments section here will certainly light up with an opinion or 4,000 — nothing is going to change unless the two men with the most say in the matter want it to change.
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