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NFL won't get involved in Redskins name-change protests

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) drops back to pass as his team takes on the New Orleans Saints during their NFL foot
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) drops back to pass as his team takes on the New Orleans Saints during their NFL foot

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  With protests planned for Sunday's Packer game, N-F-L Commissioner Roger Goodell says the league should pay attention to those offended by the Washington Redskins' nickname. He told a D-C radio station yesterday that the N-F-L needs to listen if it's offending people -- and to make sure quote, "we're doing the right things to try to address that."

The Redskins are playing the Packers in Green Bay this weekend, and the Wisconsin Indian Education Association plans to have protestors at the game. It's also holding a forum on the subject tomorrow at U-W Green Bay.

Goodell says a decision to change the Redskins' name is up to team owner Dan Snyder, who has vowed never to the change it.

Earlier this year, 10 members of Congress asked that the Redskins' name and Indian logo be dropped. At the time, Goodell said the 'Skins name was a unifying force that quote, "stands for strength, courage, pride, and respect." The commissioner's comments yesterday took a step back on that position. Now, Goodell says the league should at least listen to concerns like those from the Wisconsin group -- which says the Redskin has long been considered a derogatory term and a race-based stereotype.

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