NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell responded to a letter some members of Congress sent him, asking him to take a stand in the debate over the Redskins name.
Ten lawmakers requested his reaction to the name change, urging Goodell to reject the current name.
Here are parts of the statement Goodell sent those lawmakers about the name:
"From its origin represented a positive meaning distinct from any disparagement that could be viewed in some other context"
"never meant to denigrate Native Americans or offend any group."
-Roger Goodell, NFL Commissioner
According to USA Today, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), who is a co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, called Goodell's remarks "a statement of absurdity."
In a recent nationwide poll of fans weighing in, 79 percent say the name should stay.
A number of Native American groups say the name is offensive.