WASHINGTON (AP) Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid says the National Football League is more concerned with air in footballs than the Washington Redskins' ''racist'' name.
Reid spoke on the Senate floor a day after the NFL suspended New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for the first four games of the upcoming season for his role in a scheme to deflate footballs used in the AFC title game. The league also fined the Patriots $1 million and took away two draft picks.
The Nevada senator said he wished Commissioner Roger Goodell would act as swiftly to change a name that denigrates Native Americans as he did about ''enough air in a football.''
Reid has previously criticized the team's name and engaged in a war of words with the Washington club.