Redskins cornerback Josh Norman calls Roger Goodell "horrible" and says he isn't offended by team's nickname.
Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman let loose in the latest issue of ESPN The Magazine, calling NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell "horrible" and saying he is not offended by his new team's nickname.
Norman appears on the cover of the NFL preview issue of the magazine and opined on a variety of topics, including saying he is the "best cornerback on Earth."
When asked about Goodell, Norman didn't hold back.
"Horrible," Norman said. "He's straight horrible."
He also described society as "soft" when asked about the NFL coming down harder on big hits, and said he has no issue with his team's nickname.
"Redskins is not offensive to me," Norman said. "I'm part Native American on both my mom's and my dad's side. It's kind of a funny thing, though. A redskin playing for the Redskins."
Norman also commented on his rivalry with New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.
During a Week 15 contest last season while Norman was playing for the Carolina Panthers, the two players repeatedly got in each other's faces. Beckham was flagged three times for personal fouls and Norman received two 15-yard penalties himself. Norman was fined $25,000 for his actions during the game, while Beckham received a one-game suspension.
"He's skilled and talented," Norman said. "I won't take that away from him. But he's never been through any adversity in his life. It's like, when are you ever going to grow up?"
Norman signed a five-year, $75 million deal with $50 million guaranteed to join Washington after the Panthers rescinded his franchise tag.
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