Washington’s Nationwide Soccer League franchise has announced the workforce will not be referred to as the Redskins, although it didn’t announce a brand new identify or alternative for its Indian head emblem.
“As part of this course of, we need to hold our sponsors, followers, and group apprised of our considering as we go ahead,” the group stated in a July 13 assertion. “At present, we're saying that we'll be retiring the Redskins identify and emblem upon completion of this evaluation.”
Group proprietor Dan Snyder and coach Ron Rivera are “working intently” with workforce officials to develop a brand new identify and design; it’s not recognized if the group will retain the same pink and yellow shade scheme.
But the brand new identify will “enhance the standing of our proud, tradition-rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, followers, and group for the subsequent 100 years,” in line with the assertion.
The transfer came a few week after Snyder introduced that the staff would assessment the Redskins identify and emblem following strain from activists. Nike and Amazon have since eliminated Redskins merchandise from their on-line stores.
Beforehand, some Native American teams have argued that the identify is racist.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) July 13, 2020
FedEx, the company that owns the naming rights to the stadium the place the workforce performs, requested that the staff change its identify.
“We've communicated to the group in Washington our request that they modify the group identify,” FedEx stated in a statement on July 9.
Rivera previously said that he was working with Snyder on a reputation that might pay respect to Native People and the army.
“We came up with a couple of names—two of them I really like,” Rivera advised The Washington Post earlier this month.
Native American activists have tried to pressure Snyder to vary the identify of the staff, which was established in 1933. Teams have protested the identify and tried to struggle for a name-change in courtroom, all of which have failed.
Snyder in 2013 informed USA Today that he would “by no means change the identify” of the workforce. “As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I feel that the Redskins followers perceive the good custom and what it’s all about and what it means, so we feel fairly fortunate to be just engaged on next season,” he stated on the time.
“It’s that straightforward. NEVER—you should use caps,” Snyder stated.
The current countrywide concentrate on race relations, triggered by the Might 25 dying of George Floyd in Minneapolis, has brought extra scrutiny to the Redskins’ identify.