NFL notebook: Redskins, lawmakers sparring over team nickname
The latest back-and-forth over the Redskins name includes a stern letter from two lawmakers and a new “community voices” campaign from the team.
A letter sent Monday from Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) tells NFL commissioner Roger Goodell that the league is on “the wrong side of history” and mentions the league's tax-exempt status. Cantwell chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.
The lawmakers specifically objected to Goodell's Super Bowl week news conference, when he said the Redskins name has been “presented in a way that honors Native Americans.”
“It is, in fact, an insult to Native Americans,” the letter states.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league will respond to the letter “in an appropriate manner” once it has been reviewed.
Williams back with ‘Skins
Doug Williams is returning to the Redskins to work in the front office. The team said the quarterback, who led the team to the Super Bowl title in the 1987 season, will serve as a personnel executive.
Vikings add Fraley to staff
The Vikings hired Robert Morris product Hank Fraley as an assistant offensive line coach.
The Colts waived offensive lineman Justin Anderson. ... The Lions hired Jim Bob Cooter as quarterbacks coach. ... The Jaguars hired Robert Saleh as linebackers coach and Scottie Hazelton as assistant linebackers coach.
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