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.