WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Late Monday evening we learned of Dan Snyder’s plans to meet with Roger Goodell to discuss the Redskins’ team name, as first reported by Chick Hernandez and Tarik El-Bashir of Comcast SportsNet.
Goodel would later meet with representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation, which has been very vocal about wanting the name to be changed, according to the report.
By Tuesday afternoon, the first meeting was underway, leaving the plenty of room to speculate the potential outcomes.
“The commissioner, he works for the owners, so he can’t make a sweeping decision, not that we know of,” Hernandez told 106.7 The Fan’s Holden and Danny, calling from outside NFL headquarters in New York City, where the meeting was being held.
“I was looking at the NFL bylaws. He can’t do that,” he said. “So I’d be interested to see what the next step is, but certainly there is something afoot. And whether it’s a year, five years, ten years, I gotta feel that this is gonna change at some point.”
“I don’t know how anyone that’s watching can say that it’s not an issue,” Hernandez said of the defenders of the name who dismiss the issue as a non-story. “I mean, anytime you have people who are offended, it’s an issue. If you think about this levelheadedly, there is a faction of people that are offended by the term. It is a racial slur. In no form or faction could it be deemed anything else but that. And so they’re offended by it.”
“You know, early on I might have been in the other corner and said ‘You know what, they can’t change the name,’” he said. “But the league can do anything, and if the league wants to do it, they’ll figure out a way to get it done. And they’ll figure out a way to get it done, so it’s also amenable for the Redskins, as I use the term, and it will be amenable for them to give ‘em time to find a name, and go back and re-brand themselves, and it’s not like it won’t be a moneymaker for this organization when they change it, when and if, and if and when they change that name.”
Listen to Chick’s live report below.