Daniel Snyder has talked more about the Redskins name issue this week than perhaps any other week since he bought the Redskins. After spending much of his 25-minute ESPN 980 appearance on Monday talking about the name, he sat down with ESPN for a television interview on Tuesday focused on the same topic.
The network released part of the interview Tuesday afternoon, and a longer segment on “NFL Live” later Tuesday. In the latter segment, ESPN’s John Barr asked Snyder if he’s “had conversations with other owners or the commissioner about this particular issue in recent months, and if so, what have those conversations included?”
“Sure,” Snyder said. “They’ve been very very supportive. It’s been great.”
“So you’ve not heard one dissenting voice from within the NFL community?” Barr asked.
“It’s been great support,” Snyder said. “I think that whether it’s the owners or people at the league, most people understand what the team name means. They look at is as we all do: As honor, respect.”
“Dan cares more than anybody,” said Snyder’s wife, Tanya. “He’s the most passionate fan that there is. And we care very much, and I think everything that he’s doing is taking us in the right direction. We’re just learning a lot every day.”
“How concerned are you that people will remember you for this issue?” Barr asked. “That your legacy will be tied to this issue — not what you accomplished through your other great charitable works or whatever the Redskins accomplish on the field?”
“Not really concerned at all,” Snyder said. “I think what we’re focused on right now obviously is trying to win some football games and get our team going in the right direction. We’re just looking forward to the season. So we’re not really worried about legacies. We’re worried about beating the Dallas Cowboys.”
After the segment, the “NFL Live” panel of Trey Wingo, Jerome Bettis and Herm Edwards talked about Snyder’s stance.
“He has been very consistent in his position,” Wingo said. “But when Daniel Snyder says things like ‘it’s obvious’ and ‘it means honor and respect,’ and that’s what he says it means, I don’t think that’s the issue. I think the issue is what everyone else thinks it means. I mean, that’s what it means to him, but when so many people — including many Native Americans — are now saying that’s not what it means to us, doesn’t at some point he has to listen to what they say, as opposed to what he says it means?
“He’s going to have an uphill battle in this deal, because it’s not going away,” Edwards said. “And the more he talks and he thinks it’s going away, it’s not going away….He’s going to have to deal with this issue sooner than later, because it doesn’t seem to go away. It always seems to prop itself back up.”
“You need to tell your argument, explain it to the masses,” Bettis advised. “Those are the people you’re going to be judged in front of. And so the fact that he’s being so defiant, I think it’s turning everybody else the other way and not willing to listen to the argument.”