BY: John Mamola

The man at the center of the controversy surrounding the team name of the Washington D.C. football franchise is making the rounds defending the name that some term as disparaging to Native Americans.

Snyder in this portion of an interview, which will run in its entirety on September 2nd as an ESPN "Outside The Lines" special, instead said the term is about honor and respect.

You be the judge.


Several politicians including Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Hillary Clinton, Sen. Harry Reid and President Barack Obama have called on Snyder to change the team's name.  President Barack Obama said last year that if he owned the Redskins, "I'd think about changing [the name]."

On Tuesday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley took to his Facebook page and posted  that it is "probably time" for the Redskins to change the nickname. 

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has not pressured Snyder to change the name and has defended Snyder's stance that the name honors Native Americans.