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Washington team to retire Redskins name and logo

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By Frank Pingue

The U.S. National Football League's Washington team announced on Monday it will retire its Redskins name and logo, which it has used since 1933 but which has long been criticized as racist by Native American rights groups.

Team owner Dan Snyder, who bought the franchise in 1999, had previously said he would never change the name but softened his stance after FedEx Corp, which owns the naming rights to the team's suburban stadium in Landover, Maryland, urged the NFL club to rebrand.

The team said on July 3 it would conduct a thorough review of the club's name.

"Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review," the team said in a statement.

The team did not provide a timeline for when the review would be completed. Its statement did not specify a reason for the name change.

Critics have ramped up pressure on the team to change its name, which is widely seen as a racial slur against Native Americans, amid the nationwide reckoning on racism and police brutality triggered by the May 25 death of a Black man named George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis.

In June, a group of more than 80 socially minded investment firms, collectively with more than $620 billion in assets under management, urged FedEx, Nike Inc and PepsiCo Inc to terminate relationships with the team unless it changed its name.

PepsiCo and Nike both followed FedEx's lead and said they welcomed the call for a review of the team's name.

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said at a news briefing that she had not yet spoken with U.S. President Donald Trump about the team's decision but reiterated comments he made recently in which he said the name stands for "strength."

"Last week, his tweet made it clear that these teams name their teams out of strength, not weakness," said McEnany.

"And he says that he believes the Native American community would be very angry at this and he does have polling to back him up," she added, citing an old Washington Post poll that showed 90% of Native Americans were not offended by the name.

The National Congress of American Indians said in a statement on Monday: "We commend the Washington NFL team for eliminating a brand that disrespected, demeaned, and stereotyped all Native people, and we call on all other sports teams and corporate brands to retire all caricatures of Native Americans that they use as their mascots."

The team that became the Washington Redskins was founded in 1932 as the Boston Braves. Its name was changed to the Redskins the following year and it moved to Washington in 1937. Many American professional and collegiate sports teams have nicknames on Native American themes.

Snyder and Ron Rivera, the team's new head coach, "are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years," the team said.

The team has won three Super Bowls and is one of the NFL's marquee franchises, ranked by Forbes last September as the league's seventh most valuable franchise at $3.4 billion.

In June, a memorial to the team's founding owner, George Preston Marshall, who fought against the racial integration of the NFL, was removed from RFK Stadium, the team's former home in Washington.

The NFL did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the team's announcement.

© Thomson Reuters 2020.

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What if they named them the Washington White Spiteys,would that be appropriate

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Two comments. 1. This is one of those situations in which it seems like nothing will ever change, and then it changes overnight. But it's because of years of pressure and effort. I think kinda like a Democratic political wave this November.  2. The last thing we need is a team name tied to the military. Way too much military cheerleading in our country, especially from the NFL.

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New team: DC Justice Warriors.

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But it's because of years of pressure and effort. 

Money actually. Fedex wh paid a lot of money for stadium rights, along with Nike and Pepsi said time for a change.

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Them big sponsors' monetary pressure got to them and there was absolutely no altruism on Snyder's part. Even the business he set up to supposedly help Native Americans was only done to try to get people on the team's side in the name battle and did very little in the form of help. Good riddance.

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As a person of Scandinavian descent, I've always been offended by the NFL team name the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings were white barbarians of the north who murdered, raped and pillaged wherever they happened to venture off to. Even though they were also famous for their fighting qualities. bravery and being masters of the sea, they were basically coldblooded raiders up to no good. So it's not just the Native Americans who have something to complain about here, but the northern Europeans as well.

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DC Justice Warriors! Excellent!

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I don’t think this is a good idea but it does trigger the right wing which is quite funny.

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FedEx forced the change. They don't want every week being announced that the Washington [Racial Slurs] at FedEx Field are playing.

If Snyder had any integrity, he would have changed the name years ago. Instead, he feared for his wallet when FedEx threatened not to re-up the sponsorship.

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Is it so hard to understand that in 2020 that's not a cool branding, it's a sports team not a must live or die decision. I absolutely applauded this decision, if the fans are not happy then support another team. Or wait for the new brand.

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I don’t think this is a good idea but it does trigger the right wing

Hardly.

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Blacklabel New team: DC Justice Warriors.

Team ownership just announced that the DC Justice Warriors' preferred pronoun is "zhe." Referring to the team as "they" or "them" will lead to your season tickets being revoked and a public apology followed by sensitivity training being demanded.

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The Original Wing,

Dont give them ideas!

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Jimizo, btw, why dont you think its a good idea?

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So, the Celtics, Knicks, 49ers, Cowboys, Indians, Oilers, Angels, are next?

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How about the Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo? Are Irish people offended at being portrayed as short tempered drunken midgets?

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BeerDeliveryGuy, its all good. All part of living in a “progressive” society. Utopia is just around the corner.

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an old Washington Post poll that showed 90% of Native Americans were not offended by the name

The other 10%, however, don't like being confused with Scottish people on vacation in Spain.

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So 90% of native Americans are not exhibiting overt signs of mental illness.

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The logo was designed by Walter Wetzel, a member of the Blackfeet tribe. He was instrumental in having the logo put on the helmets in place of the traditional R. The likeness is that of John White Calf, a Blackfeet Chief who also appears on the Buffalo Nickel. Wetzel’s son stated that the logo evokes a sense of pride.

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If anything teams, streets, buildings, etc should have more native indian references so that people become aware of America's history and early settlers. If redskins is offensive then something relatable and unoffensive should be used.

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How about just; The Washington Natives.? Cool name. Repects Native Americans and sounds tough.

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The logo was designed by Walter Wetzel, a member of the Blackfeet tribe. He was instrumental in having the logo put on the helmets in place of the traditional R. The likeness is that of John White Calf, a Blackfeet Chief who also appears on the Buffalo Nickel. Wetzel’s son stated that the logo evokes a sense of pride.logo put on the helmets in place of the traditional R. The likeness is that of John White Calf, a Blackfeet Chief who also appears on the Buffalo Nickel. Wetzel’s son stated that the logo evokes a sense of pride.

unfortunately, we’re way past common sense or sane reasoning. The lefty social justice warriors are on the march.

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