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Redskins' Dan Snyder announces support of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in wake of criticism

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2010, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, talks with Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, right, after the team's NFL football training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. In a statement released Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, Snyder says he supports Goodell, stating he "has always had the best interests of football at heart" and "we are fortunate to have him." (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 4, 2010, file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, talks with Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, right, after the team's NFL football training camp at Redskins Park in Ashburn, Va. In a statement released Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, Snyder says he supports Goodell, stating he "has always had the best interests of football at heart" and "we are fortunate to have him." (AP Photo/Rob Carr, File)  (The Associated Press)

Redskins owner Dan Snyder says he supports NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, stating he "has always had the best interests of football at heart" and "we are fortunate to have him."

The team released a two-sentence statement on Saturday morning, following a week of criticism of Goodell and his handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case. Video of Rice punching his then-fiancee became public and Goodell says he never saw it until it surfaced.

The Associated Press reported a law enforcement official sent the video to the league in April.

On Friday, Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was indicted in Texas for using a branch to spank one of his sons, then benched by Minnesota.

Snyder is under pressure to change his team's nickname, but has vowed he never will. Goodell has supported Snyder's stance.

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Online: https://twitter.com/Redskins/status/510782854843084800

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