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Goodell: Redskins Name ‘Honors Native Americans’

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(L-R) Owner of the Washington Redskins Daniel Snyder and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. (Photos by Doug Pensinger/Al Messerschmidt/Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

(L-R) Owner of the Washington Redskins Daniel Snyder and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. (Photos by Doug Pensinger/Al Messerschmidt/Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSDC/AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says the Washington Redskins nickname has been “presented in a way that honors Native Americans.”

Goodell said Friday at his annual pre-Super Bowl news conference that he’s been talking to Native American leaders in the past year. But he says the vast majority of Americans in general and Native Americans in particular support the franchise keeping the nickname.

Asked if the term was appropriate to refer to a Native American, Goodell said, “This is the name of a football team.”

Goodell’s remarks come on the heels of the release of a two-minute advertisement from a Native American organization pushing the franchise to take a new name. The video caught the eye of former Washington, D.C. mayor Marion Barry who publicly implored the owner to make a change.

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