Major League Baseball says the Cleveland Indians will stop using the Chief Wahoo logo on their uniforms starting in the 2019 season.
TimeNFL commissioner Roger Goodell(Photo: Catalina Fragoso, Catalina Fragoso-USA TODAY Sports)Less than 24 hours after Major League Baseball announced that the Cleveland Indians will remove the Chief Wahoo logo from their uniforms in 2019, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sidestepped questions about whether he will take similar action with the Washington Redskins.In an interview with ESPN Radio’s Golic and Wingo on Tuesday morning, Goodell repeatedly cited a Washington Post poll in which the majority of Native Americans surveyed said they do not find Washington’s team name or logo offensive. He added that the league doesn’t “hear this very much from our fans” on the issue and said owner Dan Snyder is unlikely to change the name.”I think the interesting thing is Dan Snyder has really worked in the Native American community to understand better their perspective,” Goodell said on ESPN Radio. “And I think it’s reflected mostly in a Washington Post poll that came out in the last year that said over nine out of 10 Native Americans do not take that in a negative fashion, the Redskins logo or the Redskins name. And they support it.”So I think the focus that we’ve had is, ‘In any way is this insulting to the Native Americans?’ And I think that poll is overwhelmingly positive that they don’t. The Redskins have done a tremendous amount of work here, and I think Dan continues to believe in the name, and I don’t see him changing that perspective.”MORE: MLB gets Cleveland to drop Chief Wahoo, now can it get Indians to change nicknames?MORE: Indians to remove Chief Wahoo logo from uniforms in 2019While Snyder has claimed that the name “represents honor, respect and pride,” critics have long argued that it is offensive to Native Americans. Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter, for example, said in a statement Monday that “no symbol is more hurtful than the football team in the nation’s capital using a dictionary-defined racial slur as its team name.”The removal of Chief Wahoo on Indians uniforms was the result of more than a year of discussions between Indians owner Paul Dolan and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. Manfred long pushed for the removal of the logo and said in a statement Monday that “the club ultimately agreed with my position.”When asked on ESPN Radio if he could have similar influence on the Redskins, Goodell skirted the question.”Well again, I think you start from the position of what the reaction is of the Native Americans, and as I said, that’s overwhelmingly positive about it,” he said. “Second, I think you obviously ask Dan to listen and make sure you understand what the fans are saying, which he has — we have. We don’t hear this very much from our fans, but we understand there are different perspectives on this and we’re sensitive to that and understand it.”Contact Tom Schad at [email protected] or on Twitter @Tom_Schad.PHOTOS: Super Bowl opening nightAutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide