"Commissioner Goodell, do you believe you have the authority to act against racism in the NFL like Mr. Silver did in the NBA?" Reid's official Twitter account asked, using the #AskCommish hashtag.
Commissioner Goodell, do you believe you have the authority to act against racism in the NFL like Mr. Silver did in the NBA? #AskCommish
— Senator Harry Reid (@SenatorReid) May 6, 2014
Goodell did not immediately respond to Reid's Twitter question.
Last week, NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced that the league had banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, following the release of a recording featuring Sterling making numerous racist comments. Silver also announced that he intended to urge the league to force Sterling to sell the Clippers.
Following the NBA's move, Reid publicly called on Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to follow the NBA's lead and change the team's name.
"How long will the NFL continue to do nothing -- zero -- as one of its teams bears a name that inflicts so much pain on Native Americans?" Reid asked.