Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) spoke frankly on the Senate floor Wednesday after the NBA made its decision to issue a lifetime ban against Donald Sterling for his racist comments. Reid insisted that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could learn something from Adam Silver of the NBA by urging Dan Snyder to change his team’s name.
“It is untoward of Daniel Snyder to try and hide behind tradition,” Reid said from the Tradition? That’s what he says in refusing to change the name of the team. Madame President, tradition – what tradition? The tradition of racism is all that name leaves in its wake. Mr. Snyder knows that in sports the only tradition that matters is winning. So I urge Daniel Snyder to do what’s morally right and remove this degrading term from the league by changing his team’s name.”
“But since Snyder fails to show any leadership, the National Football League should take an assist from the NBA and pick up the slack. It would be a slam-dunk, Madame President! For far too long the NFL has been sitting on its hands, doing nothing while an entire population of Americans has been denigrated. So I say to Commissioner Roger Goodell – I believe Roger Goodell is a good man, but it’s time for this good man to act. Remove this hateful term from your league’s vocabulary. Follow the NBA’s example and rid the league of bigotry and racism. Your fans will support it.”
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