Skip to main content

Mark Anthony Rolo: NFL Boss Goodell a Coward for Backing Redskins Logo

A story about an opinion column written by Native American author Mark Anthony Rolo regarding use of the offensive Redskins name and image.

"The time is now for the NFL to stop dishonoring Native Americans. It should insist that the Washington Redskins retire the offensive nickname and image," says author Mark Anthony Rolo, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians.

Rolo (My Mother Is Now Earthpenned an opinion piece explaining why he thinks the Washington Redskins must change their name. But unlike some Pigskins logo opponents, Rolo squarely criticizes the NFL and specifically its commissioner, Roger Goodell, for not forcing Washington team owner Dan Snyder to drop the racist logo, rather than Snyder himself.

In a June 5 response to a letter sent in May by 10 members of Congress urging Snyder to change his team's name, Goodell defended the Redskins' logo (and relied on a since discredited official Redskins story as "evidence"). He called it "a unifying force that stands for strength, courage, pride and respect."

"Goodell's offensive reply is not only cowardly, but it is also an antiquated defense reminiscent of those who refused to recognize other pop culture stereotypes such as Little Black Sambo and Frito Bandito," says Rolo.

"Goodell's refusal to take the right stand has more to do with money than 'honoring' the Native American warrior spirit."

Read Rolo's column by clicking here