Oneida Nation leaders met with NFL executives about the Washington Redskins' team name on Wednesday (Oct. 30). The Oneida Nation representatives reportedly asked that owner Daniel Snyder be sanctioned. According to a report from late Wednesday, they sought this action for conduct detrimental to the league for continuing to use a team nickname and mascot that "promote a dictionary-defined racial slur."
This issue has been a hot one in the NFL for a while now, especially with some people still finding the name of the Washington team to be derogatory. The representatives also reportedly left the meeting unhappy with the results and frustrated that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was not there.
Oneida spokesman Joel Barkin stated, "We are very disappointed. This is the beginning of a process. It's clear that they don't see how this is not a unifying term. They don't have a complete appreciation for the breadth of opposition of Native Americans to this mascot and name."
This is likely to remain a very hot-button issue for the league, especially if the top executives are seen as trying to gloss over the situation. Whether the NFL would even consider forcing an owner to change the name of his team is something that hasn't come up, but may need to in the near future.
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