Washington NFL team officially retires controversial nickname and logo


The franchise announced in a release on Monday morning that a review of the team name has resulted in the Redskins name and logo being "retired".

This followed an internal review commenced several weeks ago by the franchise. Last week, he tweeted it was a shame that "two fabled sports franchises", were being forced to change their names "in order to be politically correct". Coach Ron Rivera had said the team wanted to include the military in its new name, as well.

Native American leaders had written to the National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell last week demanding an immediate change of the team's name, logo and mascot.

The Washington Redskins are officially no longer the Washington Redskins. Nike also applied pressure.

The football team announced Monday it would be dropping the moniker and mascot "Redskins", a term seen as a racial slur against Native Americans that the team's ownership had previously defended.

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The team's first nod to its sponsors in its statement is indicative of the pressure they brought to bear in recent days. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he is "supportive" of a name change.

The franchise said on July 3 that it would undergo a thorough review of its 87-year old name that some viewed as offensive.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports reported Saturday that a name change was "imminent".

"It's that simple. NEVER-you can use caps", Snyder said. The move to integrate was forced by the league, and recently the District of Columbia removed a statue of former owner George Preston Marshall, who had resisted hiring Black players, from in front of its former home, RFK Stadium. The current logo shows the profile of a red-faced Native American with feathers in his hair. "As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it's all about and what it means, so we feel pretty fortunate to be just working on next season", he said at the time.

It was not immediately clear if the organisation is consulting Native Americans on a new name or if any imagery will even be used.