DEVELOPING: Washington Redskins to Change Logo and Name
In a statement on Monday, the Washington Redskins announced they will be changing their name and logo. This is in no small part due to the racial protests that have been sweeping the nation after the wrongful killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis Police.
In Monday's statement, the team said:
"we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward. Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review."
"[Head coach Ron Rivera and team owner Daniel Snyder] 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 [originally called the Braves] has used the name Redskins for 83 years, making this announcement all the more paramount in NFL history. The name "Redskins" has long been considered an ethnic slur by many Native American groups. However, only now after decades of controversy has the team made this announcement.
It is clear that this change is not simply a publicity stunt nor is it an altruistic endeavor. Many large corporate sponsors, including FedEx, have been pressuring the team to change the name. Pressure for this change also came from brands such as Amazon and Nike removing Redskins apparel and merchandise from their respective stores. Although there may be some progressive ideology in this announcement, there is undeniable financial pressure that has been pushing the team in this direction.
As of Monday morning the new name and logo has not been announced. This is a developing story.
Isaac Cary is a Breaking News Correspondent for The National Times.