Oneida Nation: NFL should discipline Daniel Snyder for Redskins nickname

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Redskins owner Daniel Snyder has maintained he will not changes the team's name. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Daniel Snyder did not object to coach Mike Shanahan's decision to bench Robert Griffin. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

The Oneida Indian Nation called for the National Football League to take action against Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder saying he "continues to proudly promote bigotry by using a dictionary-defined racial slur as his team's name."

The Oneida Nation released a statement Tuesday saying they praised the NBA after the league banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life and fined him $2.5 million for the racial comments he made.

Snyder has repeatedly said that he will not change the nickname, no matter what opposition he faces from groups who say the nickname is racist.

“By banning Clippers owner Donald Sterling, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and other NBA team owners have taken a courageous stand against racism in professional sports, acknowledging that professional leagues must not be a platform to promote bigotry. In taking such appropriate disciplinary action, the NBA has shown other leagues, including the NFL, that they have a moral responsibility to take disciplinary action against people like Washington owner Dan Snyder, who also continues to proudly promote bigotry by using a dictionary-defined racial slur as his team's name," the statement said.

Snyder told the Associated Press last week that the team's nickname is not an issue and that he thinks "it's time that people focus on reality."

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