Redskins owner announces support of Roger Goodell

Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder walks on the field before an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
David J. Phillip

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Redskins owner Dan Snyder says he supports NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, stating he ''has always had the best interests of football at heart'' and ''we are fortunate to have him.''

The team released a two-sentence statement on Saturday morning, following a week of criticism of Goodell and his handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case. Video of Rice punching his then-fiancee became public and Goodell says he never saw it until it surfaced.

The Associated Press reported a law enforcement official sent the video to the league in April.

On Friday, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted in Texas for using a branch to spank one of his sons, then benched by Minnesota.

Snyder is under pressure to change his team's nickname, but has vowed he never will. Goodell has supported Snyder's stance.

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Online: https://twitter.com/Redskins/status/510782854843084800

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