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Goodell Confident Snyder Is Listening To Opponents In Redskins Nickname Controversy
Published October 14, 2013
SCHOOL REFUTES SNYDER'S CLAIM: In DC, Annys Shin noted Snyder in a letter to fans last week invoked the name of the Red Cloud Indian School and Athletic Fund in South Dakota to defend the name, but officials at the school on Friday "raised questions about Snyder’s account and denounced the team’s name." Red Cloud Athletic Fund President George Winzenburg and Exec VP Robert Brave Heart in a statement said, "As an organization, Red Cloud Indian School has never -- and will never -- endorse the use of the name ‘Redskins.' Like many Native American organizations across the country, members of our staff and extended community find the name offensive" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/13). In Phoenix, Bob Young wrote Snyder's letter "isn’t going to convince those who are offended by the term and want the name changed" (AZCENTRAL.com, 10/12). In Tampa, Tom Jones wrote of Snyder's letter, "Saying the team should keep the name because of tradition might be the lamest excuse I've ever heard. Let's keep doing something because that's the way we've always done it, regardless of people's feelings?" (TAMPABAY.com, 10/11). In San Diego, John Maffei wrote he does not find the name the "least bit offensive," but "when you step back and look at this controversy from the Native American point of view, I understand" (SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE, 10/13).
ISSUE BECOMING TOO BIG TO IGNORE: YAHOO SPORTS' Eric Adelson writes the controversy surrounding the Redskins name, "whether you hate the name or not, has become too large to tamp down or shrug off anymore." ESPN Radio 980 DC's Chris Cooley, who played for the Redskins for nine years, said, "You have to address it. It's something that matters." Adelson writes even if a "majority of fans don't want the name changed, a majority of fans are aware of the debate and have an opinion." It is "not an on-field issue and it may never be, but that doesn't mean it won't influence the franchise." Cooley added, "The guys in here aren't going to lose their focus. My fear is that it'll divide the fan base. We have such good fans and I'm worried you'll split the fan base" (SPORTS.YAHOO.com, 10/14).