NFL Commissioner on Redskins: ‘If One Person Is Offended, We Have to Listen’

Breitbart, September 12, 2013

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell softened his stance on the Redskins name on Wednesday when he said that the NFL had to listen to concerns about the team’s nickname even if only one person is concerned about it.

In an interview on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, Goodell, who grew up in the region as a Baltimore Colts and then Redskins fan, said, “I think what we have to do though is we have to listen.”

“If one person is offended, we have to listen,” he said.

Goodell’s remarks come after Sports Illustrated’s Peter King’s website decided to refer to the team as the Washington football team. Earlier in the year, in response to 10 members of Congress who wrote him demanding action, Goodell defended the name. Redskins owner Dan Snyder has said he will “NEVER” change the team name and does not intend to sell the franchise.

“Ultimately it is Dan’s decision,” Goodell said of a possible name change.{snip}


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  • D.B. Cooper

    Here’s an idea, let all colleges and sports teams continue with their white mascots, like Notre Dame, USC, and the Minnesota Vikings; yet abolish all mascots of any nonwhite.
    I’ll bet these offended individuals will change their minds really quick.
    I wonder who’s going to get offended next, PETA?

  • Anglokraut

    Hey Goodell, in the spirit of you over-reaching your authority, I’m sure you can restore my birthplace’s primary industry: steel. Because I may be one person, but I’m very offended that my beloved Steelers are playing so effing badly, and I’m CONVINCED that it is a symptom of having their namesake industry die out.

    • me

      I’m offended by the constantly ‘offended’ minorities.

      • fuzzypook

        I put a bumper sticker on my car today. It says…”Your sensitivity offends me”

        • BarnyL

          Maybe add “Please get treatment.”

  • Spartacus

    I will be very offended if they change the team’s name. But no one will care…

    • me

      Echo….echo….echo. If you’re a White male, you are not heard. Period. Just shut up and pay your taxes, Whitey. (sarcasm) 🙁

  • cecilhenry

    I’M offended by this PC anti-free speech, anti-white rhetoric.

    Is anybody listening to that??

    I repeat, I’M offended by this………anybody going to ‘listen’ to all the concerns.

    • I’m offended by negroball on negrovision. I want reparations.

      • me

        Reparations for all of the negroball, negrovision, negro crime, negro welfare, negro real estate devaluation, negro racism, negro murder, etc. We could have been colonizing space if it weren’t for the cost of our negroes. Negro, negro, negro! Ha!

  • White Mom in WDC

    This is completely stupid. Minorities in this country have got to develop some thick skin. Get over it, move on.

    Now how many white women have been raped and murdered by black men? Can we see those stats again? That is a REAL issue

    • borogirl54

      I agree with you. One price that people are going to have to pay to live in a free country is that they will be offended by something from time to time. Such is life!

  • So CAL Snowman

    But the Redskins have a black quarterback who has a White wife. Surely that makes up for the indignity of daring to honor the American Indian? I always thought the name “Redskins” was chosen to represent the tenacious fighting spirit of the American Indian.

    • Puggg

      No it doesn’t make up for it, because he’s a cornball brother.

  • Puggg

    Pop warner, bleh. That’s real football like a hot dog is a dog.

  • It would be funny to watch all the sensitively aware types – like Peter King – painstakingly avoid saying the rayciss moniker: REDSKINS!

    Oh the horror!

    PC is for cowards.

  • Sue

    “If one person is offended, we have to listen,” unless he’s white.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    JourNOlist Paul Woody of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, who says he is against Indian mascots went out and ASKED the leaders of different Virginia tribes if they were offended by the “Redskins” team name:

    “‘It doesn’t bother me,’ said Robert Green, 66 and chief of the Patawomeck Tribe in Virginia. ‘About 98 percent of my tribe is Redskins fans, and it doesn’t offend them, either.’

    Kevin Brown, 58 and chief of the Pamunkey Tribe of Virginia, said, ‘I’m a Redskins fan, and I don’t think there’s any intention for (the nickname) to be derogatory. The majority of the people in my tribe don’t have a problem with it. There are a few who do, and we respect their feelings.’

    According to the Annenberg Public Policy Center in 2003 and 2004. From a sample of 768 American Indians, they found that 90 percent don’t mind the Redskins, and only 9 percent do.”


    A basketball team at the University of Northern Colorado in 2002 named its team the “Fighting Whities” in response to the Native American mascot controversy.

    The plan to insult whites in the same way the minority students perceived Native Americans being insulted backfired on the group when the team’s popularity skyrocketed. In response to customer demand, the team eventually began selling shirts under both names.

    Anyone offended by THIS mascot?

    • (Checks arms and legs.) Yes, I have red skin by late summer, and I only have to shave every other day. I have the wrong number of teeth for a person.

  • John Smith

    What about teams named, “Trojans”, “Pirates”, “Celtics”, “Raiders”, “Spartans”, “Buccaneers”, “Irish”, “Patriots”, “Nordics”, “Vikings”, etc?

    In the near future, are people going to complain that these names traumatize non-white fans with images of “white supremacy”?

    Does this ever f****** end?

    A big can of worms has just been opened.

    Good for Redskins owner Daniel Snyder.

    Roger Goodell can go f*** himself. He is a phony piece of s***.

    Sorry, but after reading about that beautiful young white girl murdered by the black bantu monster, I am really angry right now…

    • Wethepeople

      It ends with the white race. They want us exterminated, plain and simple.

  • Tarczan

    I hope the NFL forces the redskins to change their name, and here is why: Many of the
    Redskins fans are employees of the same federal government that is forever ramming regulations down the throat of the rest of the country. It is time for them to get a taste of their own medicine.

  • OhWow

    I’m offended that the NFL is over 75% black when blacks are only 14% of the population. Clearly there is rampant racism.

  • Bill

    I’m sorry but you said, “ala” and that’s too similar to allah. I’m offended!

  • skara_brae

    It’s late at night. I may have had one too many Glen Fiddich’s but now I am offended. Does that count? The Indians deliberately painted their faces red for war, for general belligerence, on taking oaths of vengeance and on many other occasions. That why when they were observed they were called “redskins”. Don’t any of these eejit dolts know even a smidgen of history?
    Two aspirins and I’m off to bed. I’ll leave this to my brethren in other time zones.
    Bon soir.

  • IKantunderstand

    WTF????????? If one person is offended? Really? If one person is offended? Are you guys nuts? Who draws the line? OMG, I can’t even begin to list the stupid lawsuits that will ensue. What will we be left with? The names of flowers? OOh, OOH, I know! How about the anti -bullying skins! Or the LGBT Advocates! Or: The Washington Daffodils!Oh, wait, how culturally insensitive of me, I meant to say: The Washington Cherry Blossoms. They could wear pink uniforms. PERFECT.

  • me

    Hear, hear!

  • me

    LOL! What ISN’T offensive to the ‘minorities’? Oh, yeah–White charity.

  • Andy



    Who cares? They’re just descriptive.

    We’re no more white than Indians are red.

  • proudwhitegirl

    If white males stopped supporting basketball and football, those sports would completely fail. I think it would send a very important message, particularly if Lacrosse, hockey, rugby and winter sports would flourish.

    • Romulus

      I have done exactly that. I no longer give a flying hoot for any sport that showcases the dark superman.

      • FormerlyEdNY

        I have no interest in any professional or non-professional sport and that includes NASCAR. I have never enjoyed being a spectator, I have better things to do with my time.

        • Romulus

          I prefer participation sports.

  • Romulus

    How about the Washington “proles”

    Sorry,ladies and gents, that’s about as much a pithy comment as I can muster. Glad the owner is showing some cojones.

  • Keep Honkin I’m Reloading

    Unless of course that person is White and is offended by hearing the muslim call to prayer, rap music or seeing an entire NFL team of blacks.

  • There was a cement company here called Kast KonKrete. They were good guys.

  • BarnyL

    “even if only one person is concerned about it.” Unless they’re White.