Senator Harry Reid took the Senate floor today taking another strong stance against the Washington NFL team following Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to suspened Patriots QB Tom Brady in light of the #DeflateGate controversy.
Reid (D-NV)said the organization’s priorities were amiss. “I find it stunning that the National Football League is more concerned about how much air is in a football than with a racist franchise name that denigrates Native Americans across the country,” Reid said on the floor, according to The Washington Post. “The Redskins name is a racist name. So I wish the commissioner would act as swiftly and decisively in changing the name of the D.C. team as he did about not enough air in a football.”
In June, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled the Redskins’s name saying it was disparaging to Native Americans.
Roger Goodell has steadily defended the team’s name. Earlier this month, ahead of the NFL draft, Goodell said that the name is not a racial slur. “I grew up as a Washington Redskins fan,” he said during a Q&A at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. “I always looked at that as something we were proud of. In that context, it’s not being used as a racial slur.”
Dan Snyder has said that he will “NEVER” change the team’s name.