BY KEVIN CONNELL (_@KevinConnell)
Redskins cornerback Josh Norman isn’t afraid to share his feelings publicly.
Among them? His opinions on NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and the Redskins’ team name.
In an upcoming ESPN The Magazine article, Norman voices his displeasure with Goodell and defends the Redskins’ name.
The story was shared with the Washington Post on Monday ahead of its release later this week.
On Goodell: “Horrible. He’s straight horrible.”
On the Redskins’ name: “Redskins is not offensive to me. 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 calls himself “the best cornerback on earth” and says moving from the Carolina Panthers to the Redskins was “like going from a dictatorship to freedom” in the story.
Norman, who also is known for his talking on the field, says the Panthers even told him to lessen the trash talk on the field last season, to which he reluctantly obliged.
The story, written by Kevin Van Valkenburg, was done during Norman’s May trip to Paris, when he watched and visited soccer giant Paris Saint-Germain in person. According to the Washington Post, Van Valkenburg wanted to write about Norman because “he’s interesting, opinionated and unfiltered.”
Norman signed a five-year, $75 million deal with the Redskins in April.
The magazine story, for which Norman will be on the cover, will be on newsstands Friday.