Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said on Tuesday that he wished NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would act as swiftly to change the “racist” name of the Washington Redskins as he did to suspend Patriots star Tom Brady.
Reid expressed his contempt for the National Football League on the Senate floor while talking about “Deflategate” — the scandal involving the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots who were accused of deflating footballs.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was suspended Monday for four games for his alleged role in the scandal. However, Reid said, the name of the Washington Redskins has yet to be changed despite outcries from Native Americans and others who find it offensive.
“Yesterday, the National Football League punished one of it’s most recognizable players for the result of having tampered with game balls,” Reid said. “I find it stunning that the National Football League is more concerned about how much air is in a football than with a racist franchise name that denigrates Native Americans across the country. The Redskins name is a racist name. So, I wish the commissioner would act as swiftly and decisefully (sic) in changing the name of the D.C. team as he did about not enough air in a football.”
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