If Redskins officials hoped the controversy about their name would disappear into the ether just because owner Daniel Snyder was resolute in NOT changing the name, they must be disappointed in recent events.
Commissioner Roger Goodell, who clearly HAD been in favor of not changing the name, might have begun to change his mind this past week, saying, “If one person's offended, we have to listen. And ultimately, it is Dan's decision. But it is something that I want all of us to go out and make sure we're listening to our fans, listening to people who have a different view, and making sure that we continue to do what's right to make sure that team represents the strong tradition that it has for so many years."
As such, a Wisconsin tribe planned to protest before the Redskins-Packers game, because, as one committee member for the tribe said, it opposes characters, mascots, or images portraying Native Americans in a disrespectful manner.
Here's how the turnout looked, at least in the middle of Sunday morning.
One former Redskins player wasn't impressed with the turnout.
Just dorve into lambeau in total 9 people officially protesting name of the team. Literally 9. Much ado about nothing. Name stays!— Chris Cooley (@thecooleyzone) September 15, 2013
Either way it doesn't seem as if any kind of protest will affect Snyder's thinking, even if it seems like Goodell has begun to put the onus directly on him.
"We will never change the name of the team," Snyder said in May. "As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it's all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season."
As we've discussed before, this certainly isn't a new issue, and it's an issue that won't be going away any time soon. Even if Sunday's protest seemingly was a bust.
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