RGIII sponsor Adidas announces support for changing Native American team names

AP

Adidas is a sponsor of Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, but the apparel company isn’t a fan of the name of the team RGIII plays for.

Adidas announced today that it is participating in the White House Tribal Nations Conference today, in support of high school mascot name changes. Adidas says it will help any high school that wants to get rid of a Native American team name or mascot by letting those schools work with the Adidas design team on new designs for team uniforms, and with financial help to offset the costs of new uniforms.

It’s a bold move for Adidas, which once counted RGIII as perhaps its highest-profile American athlete (back when Griffin was the NFL’s brightest young star, before he became a third-string quarterback and scout team safety). There are still a lot of American sports fans, maybe a majority of American sports fans, who are dead-set against changing team names and consider it political correctness run amok. Adidas is sure to alienate some of those fans with this move. But Adidas is also sure to appeal to the many fans who think Native American names should go.

There’s been no word from Griffin on how he feels about the issue.

145 responses to “RGIII sponsor Adidas announces support for changing Native American team names

  1. Ah yes Adidas will “help” with new uniforms and the cost of new uniforms. Nah they wouldn’t have a motive like getting their logos on as many team’s uniforms as possible would they?

    And it is PC run amok in this country. I think one day it could be very possible (if not likely) that we will no longer have any mascots or logos because someone will be offended. They will start with Native American team names but they will move on to something next and it will not stop.

  2. America: Slaughtering and all but destroying your cultures wasn’t enough — we’re gonna bash and trivialize you with our sports team names.

    American sports fans: DERR HERR HERR, HELL YEAH!!! FREEDUMB OF SPEECH!!! QUIT BEIN SO SENSITIVE!!

  3. If you are knowledgeable at all about the horrendous treatment of native Americans by our government, and if you have the slightest sliver of awareness and compassion, you might think a football team can alter its name and image for the sake of decency and respect. But if are more bent out of shape that in order to constantly grow up you have actually change and let go of your habits, then you will be triggered into ignorant annoyance or anger.

  4. a large percentage of the pc crowd don’t have much use for athletic equipment so not a real smart business move I don’t think.

  5. Does Adidis really care about team mascot names or are they just trying to remain relevant? Would be nice to see teams return the favor and remove the word Adidas from any clothing or advertising from players, stadiums and commercials.

  6. This is truly pathetic. A word hurts your feelings? Really? A word? Not only a word but a name to a FOOTBALL team. If a word to a football team truly offends you, you really have a problem.

  7. Will Adidas also be supporting changing Native American team names at Native American schools? Because something is either offensive, or it’s not. If there are now many Native Americans(and not white media people) who want these changes, then Red Mesa High School will have to boot the Redskins name as well. That school was even using the exact same Washington Redskins logo, too.

    And the argument they have a unique right to use that nickname/slur doesn’t make sense. Other schools don’t use slurs as nicknames, from historical black colleges and elsewhere. I’ve also never heard of person of Irish descent taking offensive to the Notre Dame name and logo.

  8. I’m offended that you’re offended that I don’t find this offended, and can’t believe you’re offended. See what I did there? Grow up! It’s a name to a football team.

  9. I have a closet full of Adidas shoes. Will now switch to Nike or Puma. This is just more “white liberal guilt” BS by a big corporation, seeking publicity, ergo money. Nothing more. Anyone who believes differently is delusional.

  10. In suppose adidas will pour their profits into improving the conditions on reservations now right ?

  11. I think it is important to note that they are not calling for changes, they are offering to help schools that have already decided to make the change. In some areas the cost of such a change could be preventative. Offering to help is a nice gesture.

    Regarding “fans” that feel it is a negative thing for a team that they do not follow or support to make such a change. Your true bias is showing. Let those that are associated with the school make their own decisions.

  12. People like to say that a company’s viewpoint on various topics will affect their purchasing, but nobody believes them. It always comes down to price, quality, and style.

    Someone who has purchased clothing made in a third world country sweatshop – but now will boycott another company because they are against team nicknames they believe are degrading.
    Priorities, I guess.

  13. It’s a nice gesture in offering help to most cash strapped schools. The schools will make the decisions in what they think is best for them.
    Though the major Athletic sports brands need to address the issues in their own house in regards to the abusive child labor that continues in their production facilities.

  14. I propose we create a government agency to evaluate and monitor the English language. Words deemed to be inappropriate will be flagged. Any institution that uses a flagged word will be reported directly to the media so they can immediately begin the conviction process.

  15. I once worked on a commercial for RGIII when he was in rehab. No one could wear Nikes – we were encouraged to wear adidas (were not provided), and we were told “Don’t look him in the eye or at his knee”
    I’ve worked with much more famous people without any of these petty stipulations. That’s when I knew RGIII’s mental makeup was not strong enough for the NFL.

  16. When these come up am always a little shocked at those that don’t understand the difference between slur and no slur. Or what successful genocide looks like.

    And that leads me to wonder if the denial of the slur is an attempt (conscious or unconscious) to self deny that our country was very successful carrying out genocide?

    And it’s not just the name, it’s the city that bares the name. The Nations capitol. The same city that ordered the genocide and broke promise after promise that they themselves made to the American Indians?

    Maybe the group that supports the original name would prefer the Executioners?

    I like the idea of Washington Warriors and keeping the logo and the color scheme. Just get rid of the disrespectful part so we can all move on.

  17. This seems like one of those issues that it’s mainly pencil-necked ultra-liberal Caucasians getting offended on another group’s behalf. Do Irish people complain that the Boston Celtics logo is disparaging? Do people of Nordic descent complain about the Vikings team name? Granted Redskin is seen as a slur by many, but let’s be honest here, having names like the Indians, Seminoles, etc. is not offensive in any way shape or form. So when you look at this (almost entirely) Caucasian group of people screaming about this, and they’re screaming about ANY Native American themed named for a sports team, then you have to ask why. It has more to do with stroking their own egos and puffing out their chests about how ‘progressive’ they are, than with actually making any kind of positive difference.

  18. Give the politicians what they want.

    The Washington Corruption

    The logo can be characterizations of the politicians who’ve been whining about this accepting huge wads of cash from lobbyists

  19. Will Adidas also be supporting changing Native American team names at Native American schools?
    ———-
    That already happened in the 1990’s. Everyone changed to something more respectful except one particular NFL team.

    Everyone else used logic and reasoning along with reasonable compassion. Some folks are incapable of reason, some folks lack logic while others lack compassion.

    Some lack all three qualities. But they are mostly in Congress 🙂

  20. Washington is the only team with the skin color of a subjugated group as its nickname. If you don’t understand why that is a problem, I’ve got nothing for you.

  21. im offended by adias poititical correctness……I will take them off my shopping list along with GM for taking bail out money

  22. I am offended Adidas to the founder’s name Adi Das and turned into a company name.

  23. greymares says:
    Nov 5, 2015 9:07 AM
    The change is inevitable I like Washington Sissylala’s.
    ————–
    The change in NOT inevitable. They will always be called the Washington Redskins. Put your big boy pants on.

  24. I think Redskins is not a derogatory name and do not want it to change…. BUT, if Adidas thinks this is the right thing to do, I will not punish them for going with their conscience.

  25. The ignorant need to educate themselves on the history. I am Native American/Black and no elder or person I know is alright being called a “Redskin”. It has the same connotation as the “N Word”.

    Read up on the history of America and Native people, look into what residential schools are, small pox.

    There is no problem with Chiefs, Braves, etcs. Get fed up with the bigotry on this site sometimes.

  26. mcmccii says:
    Nov 5, 2015 9:05 AM
    I once worked on a commercial for RGIII when he was in rehab. No one could wear Nikes – we were encouraged to wear adidas (were not provided), and we were told “Don’t look him in the eye or at his knee”
    I’ve worked with much more famous people without any of these petty stipulations. That’s when I knew RGIII’s mental makeup was not strong enough for the NFL.
    ————–
    I’m just going to point out the obvious here…..no you didn’t.

  27. thebirdofprey2 says:
    Nov 5, 2015 9:21 AM
    The ignorant need to educate themselves on the history. I am Native American/Black and no elder or person I know is alright being called a “Redskin”. It has the same connotation as the “N Word”.

    Read up on the history of America and Native people, look into what residential schools are, small pox.

    There is no problem with Chiefs, Braves, etcs. Get fed up with the bigotry on this site sometimes.
    ————–
    And we get fed up with you PC liberals being overly sensitive about anything and EVERYTHING. I will call them by their name: Washington Redskins, and so will 99% of other people. Time to move on to more important issues than a name of a football team.

  28. Mark this down: when RGIII gets cut and goes to another team, he will become a vocal spokesman that the team name is offensive. Mark it down; that is a lock.

  29. Put your money where your mouth is, Adidas…cash out existing endorsements deals with offending leagues and players on the offending teams and don’t contract any new ones without a clause allowing you to terminate if a league adopts adopts an offendng team name or player goes to a team with one.

    Until then, it’s all token and your latest “stand” is nothing more than low impact/high PR gain…

  30. I think I will reference a Disney movie for a good piece of advice for the vocal minority continuing to rage on against the Redskins…

    “Let it gooooo, let it go!!!!”

    Addias has been awful for years anyway. Nike it is from now on.

  31. Personally, I think the name should be changed.
    We can all talk about how it is actually a complementary name, but really, we know it isn’t. Like that mascot picture of the Cleveland Indians. Can anyone really blame the team for finally replacing Chief Wahoo?

    The “N” word is now socially unacceptable, but it wasn’t long ago that it was extremely common in everyday language. It’s just change. Sometimes it takes longer.

  32. adidas US Headquarters is based in ultra liberal Portland, OR so I’m not surprised.

    Got an ultra liberal point of view? adidas will back it.

  33. nyhealingpoints says:
    Nov 5, 2015 8:46 AM
    If you are knowledgeable at all about the horrendous treatment of native Americans by our government, and if you have the slightest sliver of awareness and compassion, you might think a football team can alter its name and image for the sake of decency and respect. But if are more bent out of shape that in order to constantly grow up you have actually change and let go of your habits, then you will be triggered into ignorant annoyance or anger.

    =================================

    If you are knowledgeable at all about the horrendous treatment of native Americans by other Native Americans you would realize that this is PC run amok! For goodness sake!

  34. Adidas response is typical of today’s PC commentor. As has been pointed out, Adidas actively maintains sweatshops in the third world, subjecting Indonesians and others to horrible working conditions so Americans can buy “cheap clothes.”

    Meanwhile, they talk big about changing a team name.

    This is American Liberal PC in a nutshell. Lots of talk about superficial issues, while leaving real issues untouched.

  35. Any slave labor camps manufacturing Adidas products overseas in third world nations? There are a lot of unemployed Native Americans right here at home who could use those jobs.

  36. If Adidas keeps this up, the German migrants will all be wearing those unsold shoes….

  37. Yeah because there’s NOTHING offensive to Native Americans like having a member of their race on a helmet. A poll that asked people who claim 1/32 Native American ancestry verified that no Native Americans are bothered by it so it’s all okay.

    Washington and the baseball team in Cleveland are the most racist emblems in professional sports, but it’s always amusing when the conservative white people say it’s not.

    /sarcasm off.

  38. In my equally passionate faux outrage towards Adidas I can’t wait until they take aim at replacing:
    – 992 US teams with the name “Warriors”
    – 818 US teams with the name “Indians”
    – 608 teams with “Raiders”
    – 524 teams named “Devils”
    – 511 “Pirates”
    – 488 “Vikings”
    – 341 “Crusaders”
    – 118 “Buccaneers”
    – 89 “Irish”
    – 88 “Outlaws”
    – 71 “Blackhawks”
    – 27 “Apaches”
    Anything “offensive” about these team mascots? When will this stupidity end?

  39. When you can find a Native American, call them “Redskin” to their face. Let’s see how much honor they find in you calling them by that name.

  40. It amazes me how people will be completely oblivious to something for years, then one day someone says, “gee that’s racist”. And then all of a sudden people jump up as if they have been saying the same thing for years. 10 years ago “Redskins” was the team name of the NFL team from Washington DC. Now it is a” racial slur that has outraged people for generations”.

    Do I think they “need” to change the name, no, not really. It is all subjective in my opinion. If you want to be outraged you are going to be. If you think its just a name, then its just a name.

    Just like the N word. Subjective. I’ll explain. Go to downtown (any city in the country), and just listen to the dialogue between black teens. You will hear the N word 100’s of times an hour. But if a white person uses the word, it all of a sudden is a disgusting word that should never be uttered. If the word is so terrible, no one should use it, period, NO ONE.

    The point is, this is all subjective. One group looks at the word and thinks:

    I have never seen it used in a racially offensive way. No one has ever referred to a native American as a redskin in the way a white person would call a black person a N word.

    The other group looks at it and says, oh dear it is just so racist and offensive, and if you are offended you are nothing but a racist honky that needs to come to the 21st century. Oh the travesty of what happened to native americans, using the term is so offensive. Its like making fun of them.

    Find me the guy who has walked around referring to “Indians” as redskins. No one has ever used the term as a slur. It wasn’t until recently that the PC crowd has gone out searching for racism. Any time someone can perceive racism, they get a hard on and start boycotting. I think we need to make Aunt Jamima into a white woman, because white women can make pancakes too. And uncle ben needs to be a white dude, because white people have uncles named Ben. Progressives, is that how its done?

  41. adidas the hypocrite!

    Interesting that adidas has chosen to support the effort to destroy sport history and culture in this country.

    They however seem unwilling to support the demand that Sepp Blatter immediately resign from FIFA (even though he’s been suspended for a short period of time). FIFA has awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar (which we all know was bought with bribe money). Fifa sponsors Coca-Cola, McDonalds, Visa and Budweiser have all demanded that he resign. adidas will not join in this demand that Blatter resign.

    Up to 1200 migrant workers in Qatar have died building World Cup stadiums in Qatar.

  42. Adidas is big in soccer. The Washington Redskins don’t play soccer. So nobody really cares if Adidas doesn’t like the name. Their only tie to the Redskins is they were dumb enough to give a big bag full of money to Redskins 3rd string QB to wear there stuff.

  43. PC Liberal?? I just posted that I am Native American and I am raised on a reserve. I am telling you that “Redskin” is a racist term and offensive to my culture.

    I don’t care what type of false polls Dan Snyder to support his cause. Just understand every time you use the name Washington Redskin you do it as a bigot.

  44. pkrjones says:
    Nov 5, 2015 9:37 AM
    In my equally passionate faux outrage towards Adidas I can’t wait until they take aim at replacing:
    – 992 US teams with the name “Warriors”
    – 818 US teams with the name “Indians”
    – 608 teams with “Raiders”
    – 524 teams named “Devils”
    – 511 “Pirates”
    – 488 “Vikings”
    – 341 “Crusaders”
    – 118 “Buccaneers”
    – 89 “Irish”
    – 88 “Outlaws”
    – 71 “Blackhawks”
    – 27 “Apaches”
    Anything “offensive” about these team mascots? When will this stupidity end?

    ______________________________

    You forgot Angels and Saints . . . because you know that coming soon too. Not to mention ‘Yankees’! and others

  45. Native American is a racist term.
    The correct term is Indigenous People of the Americas.
    No one is native to the Americas.

  46. patsfansincegrogan says:
    Nov 5, 2015 9:47 AM

    Native American is a racist term.
    The correct term is Indigenous People of the Americas.
    No one is native to the Americas.

    ——

    Screw you chump. I was born here and I sure as hell aint native to anywhere else.

  47. Let’s let go of the past people. It WAS okay to use insensitive nicknames for sports teams in the PAST. It is no longer acceptable and as progressive people we should NOT have a problem with change. Because your forefathers did one thing that was considered okay at that time does not make it right to continue doing so when it is no longer acceptable. Would it be okay to continue lynching African Americans because your grandfather did it and it was okay to do so where he came from so why can’t it be okay to do it today? Think about it. Let’s let go of the past and move on.

    CHANGE THE NAME

  48. There was a large Native American protest outside of the hubert h humprey metrodome in Minneapolis Minnesota before super bowl 26 between the Buffalo Bills and Washington team. This game was played on January 26th of 1992. This is not a new issue brought on by the pc crowd. Sorry Washington fans and name supporters.

  49. thebirdofprey2 says:
    Nov 5, 2015 9:46 AM
    PC Liberal?? I just posted that I am Native American and I am raised on a reserve. I am telling you that “Redskin” is a racist term and offensive to my culture.

    I don’t care what type of false polls Dan Snyder to support his cause. Just understand every time you use the name Washington Redskin you do it as a bigot.
    —————–
    Than I’m a bigot, and I still don’t care. I’m still going to call them the Washington Redskins. You can call me whatever you like, I won’t be offended. That’s the difference between you and I. Sticks and stones, buddy. Words don’t hurt me, they are words.

  50. Germany is always the first country that comes to mind when you mention ethnic sensitivity

  51. Really…Let’s not bother to focus on the important issues… We invaded their country, got them addicted to booze and gambling, and killed them en masse but all of a sudden we want to be politically correct and dump the “offensive” stereotype REDSKINS??? You’ve got to be kidding!!!! Sure, that will make up for quite a bit, won’t it…

    PS – the few NA friends I have actually take pride in the name… So sure, we should take that from them as well…

  52. So let me get this straight. The Redskins have been around for 82 years; and adidas has been around for 66 years. All of sudden now in 2015 this is an issue with adidas and others? I’m in my 40’s and I’ve never heard one native american complain about the Redskins football team logo until very recently. SMDH! There are plenty of things I don’t like, but I choose not to look, read, or listen to whatever offends me. If you don’t like the Redskins team logo, or if it offends you, then don’t follow the Redskins team. Why should the team and its fans lose out on a team logo that’s been around for 82 years just because a few feel offended? Makes about as much sense as putting a screen door on a submarine!

    —Colts fan

  53. How about the Washington Hogs? It pays homage to both the amazing offensive lines of the 80’s and 90’s and the corrupt politicians with their pork barrel spending of our hard-earned tax dollars.

  54. The “N” word is now socially unacceptable, but it wasn’t long ago that it was extremely common in everyday language. It’s just change. Sometimes it takes longer.

    Actually… I’d go as far as to say the “n” word is more accepted today than ever. In music, movies, culture, even basic cable programming (Black-ish).
    You just can’t say it if you’re white.

  55. patsfansincegrogan says:
    Nov 5, 2015 9:47 AM
    Native American is a racist term.
    The correct term is Indigenous People of the Americas.
    No one is native to the Americas.
    ——————————————————
    definition = being the place or environment in which a person was born or a thing came into being: one’s native land

    I suppose anyone born in America is a Native American.

  56. Will they also be sponsoring changing every team name that has ties to pirate life style, since pirates have been pushed to the brink of near extinction

  57. “I like the idea of Washington Warriors and keeping the logo and the color scheme. Just get rid of the disrespectful part so we can all move on.”

    ““
    So which is the “disrespectful part?” the part of the helmet that bears a Proud Native American?

  58. “The “N” word is now socially unacceptable, but it wasn’t long ago that it was extremely common in everyday language. It’s just change. Sometimes it takes longer.”

    —–
    Yeah tell that to the entertainment industry.

  59. But adidas is okay with their name on the athlete who is running around with a so called racial slur on his jersey…hmmmmm. Hail to the REDSKINS!!!!!!!!!!

  60. So it’s okay to change the definition of marriage, but not the definition of Redskins?

    Why do only liberals get to make up the rules of right and wrong? What the liberal majority wants the liberal majority gets…What the liberal minority wants the liberal minority gets. Keep acting like a Civil War can’t happen again… The political correctness really is starting to piss people off!!!

  61. ausernamethatisavailable says:
    Nov 5, 2015 8:58 AM
    “Redskin is not a slur because nobody uses the term for any reason than to refer to a football team. Ever. …”
    ___________________________________

    And therein lies the rub.

    I am a man of color and have been insulted by name-calling many of times in the past. BUT – if a word is not said as an insult. i.e. I love the “Redskins”, then how in the eff can if be a slur?!

    Rule#1 of slurs – the word has to be meant as an insult. It has to have a meaning that is meant to degrade.

    Who on this blog has used “Redskins” as a way to insult a Native person? Anyone? Then why the outrage?

  62. Gotta love all these posters who log on here claiming to be red-blooded native americans who don’t object to the name.

    I don’t know a single native American who thinks that name is okay. And I know several.

  63. Nice move Adidas, first but not the last major company to put there money where their mouth is……one more nail in little Danny Snyders coffin is always a good thing…..Change the name Washington…..

  64. Next, the SPCA will object to teams with dog names.
    (Just kidding)

    They could try the DC RAMs (as in computer memory) or the Houston Hard Drivers (as in computers) or The Kansas City Keyboarders.

    We moved and killed of many thousands of Native Americans. We should atone for our inhumanity.

    – Bob

  65. Let’s be honest, Redskins is a derogatory term. It always has been. I don’t get why Washington can’t come up with the obvious replacement of “Warriors”. They wouldn’t have to change their logo or mascot. This is a simple case where a rich, entitled owner doesn’t want to be told what to do regardless of whether it’s the right thing to do. Yes, I respect his rights. He doesn’t have to change it, but c’mon. As far as the other references to Native Americans like Indians or Chiefs, I personally think that may be too sensitive.

  66. therealtrenches says:
    Nov 5, 2015 11:32 AM
    Gotta love all these posters who log on here claiming to be red-blooded native americans who don’t object to the name.

    I don’t know a single native American who thinks that name is okay. And I know several.

    ————————————————-

    Really? I work for a native american owned company. My boss is 100% native american. There are a bunch of shareholders that work here, each with varying degress of Native American blood. I’ve personally discussed the issue with several of them. They each said it’s not offensive and they don’t see this as an issue one little bit. They actually think it’s laughable.

  67. Hypocrites. I’m Irish, I don’t fight nor go around wearing green suits to work with a funky beard. Yet this site which fights the Redskins so hard gave the Notre Dame Football team its own “news” tab. Hypocrites.

  68. To be honest, if I were Danial Snyder, I would change it just to make money.

    How many teams get a chance to hit the rest button? Cleveland bailed out the Ravens, by forcing them to change name and colors, and now the Ravens have great colors, a cool logo, etc. And Cleveland, well, I cant imagine anyone likes the Cleveland uniforms.

    If I am Snyder I change the name, the colors, everything. All of the Redskins gear will then be more expensive because they wont be producing anymore. And all of the new gear will be in high demand because fans always want the new gear. And if he wants, Snyder can take one of those passive aggressive approaches to the people who want him to change the name. They could be the Gamblers. They are building a new MGM Casino at the National Harbor in DC. But in reality, a name like the Senators (or something like that, Sentinels, etc) is inevitable. And Snyder would make a fortune

  69. I can see it now…Addidas representatives traveling to the Navajo reservation in N Arizona and soliciting their services to the Red Mesa High School.

  70. tonyzendejas says:Nov 5, 2015 8:44 AM

    America: Slaughtering and all but destroying your cultures wasn’t enough — we’re gonna bash and trivialize you with our sports team names.

    American sports fans: DERR HERR HERR, HELL YEAH!!! FREEDUMB OF SPEECH!!! QUIT BEIN SO SENSITIVE!!
    —————————————————-

    Wipe those tears Tony…

  71. thebirdofprey2 says:
    Nov 5, 2015 9:46 AM
    PC Liberal?? I just posted that I am Native American and I am raised on a reserve. I am telling you that “Redskin” is a racist term and offensive to my culture.

    I don’t care what type of false polls Dan Snyder to support his cause. Just understand every time you use the name Washington Redskin you do it as a bigot.
    ———————————————————————-

    1. I don’t believe you.

    2. Even if you ARE what you say you are, you are one person. I personally know a 100 percent Native American (AND he’s a DAL fan to top it off, they hate the Skins) and he thinks this whole thing is ridiculous and much ado about nothing. What makes your opinion any more important than his?

  72. rcali says:Nov 5, 2015 11:53 AM

    Hypocrites. I’m Irish, I don’t fight nor go around wearing green suits to work with a funky beard. Yet this site which fights the Redskins so hard gave the Notre Dame Football team its own “news” tab. Hypocrites.

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    Typical double standard… Pick and choose…

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  73. igornathanhiggers says:
    Nov 5, 2015 10:49 AM

    So it’s okay to change the definition of marriage, but not the definition of Redskins?

    Why do only liberals get to make up the rules of right and wrong? What the liberal majority wants the liberal majority gets…What the liberal minority wants the liberal minority gets. Keep acting like a Civil War can’t happen again… The political correctness really is starting to piss people off!!!
    ————

    Reality has a well known liberal bias.

  74. It’s hilarious that those against the name change are so certain about who’s offended and who’s not. There’s no way to generalize this issue.

    However, it’s not about political correctness (not at all), it’s about recognizing an outdated, offensive, racist term that is used by a high profile pro sports team. It’s about having some measure of awareness, respect and empathy for the native North American population that was decimated by European settlers. But the “history” or an NFL team is more important? Nonsense.

    Sure, some folks aren’t offended by it, but simply shouting “It’s not offensive and it will never change!” does not make those things so.

  75. The only friend RG3 has is Dan Snyder. RG3 just lost his only friend by backing Adidas. He lost Bruce Allen as well because he backs Snyder on everything.

  76. silvernblacksabbath says:
    Nov 5, 2015 12:08 PM

    rcali says:Nov 5, 2015 11:53 AM

    Hypocrites. I’m Irish, I don’t fight nor go around wearing green suits to work with a funky beard. Yet this site which fights the Redskins so hard gave the Notre Dame Football team its own “news” tab. Hypocrites.

    —————————–
    Typical double standard… Pick and choose…

    ————————-

    that’s not a double standard. it would be a double standard if the “news” tab was called:

    Inside the Drunken Micks

    but it’s not.

  77. I have a simple, yet elegant solution to this problem. Give them a name with some real history and meaning to Washington sports fans: rename the team the Washington Bullets. Use the old basketball logo, people in DC will love buying that gear again and you’ve got a name that really connects with people. Do it!

  78. Before the season I said it would change within five years.

    May be much sooner.

    Tick tock.

    I’m going to LMAO at the new, stupid name you know is coming.

    Washington Legislators
    Washington Rebels
    Washington Muskateers
    Washington Warriors

  79. I think the best challenge to the use of the Washington team name is, if you started a new team today, would you use that name?

    If you answer yes, a new team could start up today using skin color as the basis for their name, you are delusional! Adidas gets that. They are just brave enough to say so.

  80. Adidas was one of my favorite brands. From now on I’ll be buying other brands. Political correctness again runs amok. Shame!

  81. Adidas is the company that supports FIFA’s corruption and looks the other way with Qatar’s slave labor. But want to critisize Redskins name. Get out of here.

  82. Why do these guys whine so much? Has anyone read a history book that goes back beyond 1776?

    There are tens of thousands of peoples that were conquered but somehow manage to move forward with a shred of dignity.

    Activists are going to be activists, they always need something to be outraged about. Its a shame they have lost their touch though, they are too wimpy to go after China with Tibet so they go after a losing football team, this is all to make themselves feel important.

    Whatever, oblige them, they have no other purpose in life than to do this kind of stuff, if they didn’t have this phony outrage they would be forced to look into a mirror and realize there is nothing looking back at them.

  83. It is worth pointing out that Adidas has been in the news twice this year and neither event was good for their image. The first being that James Harden, one of their athletes, was caught wearing Jordans and the second being that UA knocked them out of the number 2 spot in sales. I’m sure that ADIDAS really cares about Native Americans though, or at least they’re trying to appeal to new customers by appearing to care.

  84. Good for Adidas helping these programs offset the cost of a name change.

    They are putting their money, admirably, where their mouth is.

  85. Please, Adidas, tell me how “Redskins” is more offensive than child labor in south eastern Asia.

    Let me guess… the new uniforms will not be “Made in USA”, right?

  86. Adidas is synonymous with the black community.

    Now Adidas is synonymous with political correctness.

    I will NEVER buy another adidas product for the rest of my life.

  87. Notre Dame should do away with their mascot and no longer be called the Fighting Irish. Being an Irish-American, I take great pride in my ancestry. I also feel a great sense of pride with the Fighting Irish moniker for Notre Dame, but the PC police are telling me that I have to be offended, so it looks like I have to jump on the bandwagon now.
    Oh, and by the way, this is what’s called sarcasm…

  88. There goes the White House and corporations social engineering again and dividing the people. Who directs this agenda?

  89. This is great! Some high schools will get a new mascot and some brand new uniforms. Adidas will get a tax break and some good press and additional marketing. We can all feel good about the changes being made in society! Native Americans still have the same problems with poverty, unemployment, drugs, alcohol.

  90. George Soros, a democrat billionaire, directs the lefty agenda. I know, I know, the left will deny any existence of any alleged democrat “billionaires” as if every democrat in the U.S. is destitute and discriminated against by evil Republican corporations.

    Somehow democrats lead, by a large margin, in political contributions. How can that possibly be if all of them are allegedly “poor”? How is it even possible for the “poor” to attend $25k per plate democrat fundraisers if there are no “rich” democrats? Do those people have to show ID, or a Diners Club credit card at the door?
    The bottom line is that democrats LOVE rich people AND rich universities. That is why college tuition is ever-increasing and nothing is done about it.
    Democrats LOVE college sports b/c it gives them a platform to shove their PC agenda down everyone’s throats.

  91. For those of you that support the R-word name, I suggest that you read Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. It exposes America’s open hostility, racism, duplicity, starvation, murder, dispossession, cruelty, flagrant and intentional breaches and disregard for treaties, etc. against Native Americans (among others).

    Maybe afterwards, you’ll understand why the R-word is so offensive and ought to be banned.

  92. Sooooo what’s next? The SPCA conference to get rid of team names containing animal references? Arkansas ??? Indianapolis ???? Jacksonville??? Just stop. If the teams and their fans are ok with their names and mascots, who cares? I would think that these folks could find a more worthy cause to champion.

  93. therealtrenches says:
    Nov 5, 2015 11:32 AM

    Gotta love all these posters who log on here claiming to be red-blooded native americans who don’t object to the name.

    I don’t know a single native American who thinks that name is okay. And I know several.
    ________________________
    “But… But… Some of my best friends are Native Americans…” I call Bull on both you and the internet “Natives”. The only study ever done on the subject showed that 92% of the native population was opposed to changing the Redskins name.

    If they ever release a comprehensive study showing that a majority of the Native population favors changing the name, I’ll stop supporting the Redskins immediately. But until that day, nothing said on the internet matters.

    Facts or bust.

  94. I don’t really understand why Native American team names are considered offensive (I can maybe see why some would think “Redskins” is offensive, but not “Indians” or something plain like that)… What makes it offensive? If they’re offensive, would all historical group names be offensive? If Native American team names are offensive, why not Cowboys? Why not Buccaneers? Why not Packers? 49ers? Vikings? I could go on…

  95. Isn’t it just as bad a bunch of white guys saying the name “Redskins” is NOT offensive and just being PC, compared to those of you saying it’s a bunch of white guys trying to say the term IS offensive? Doesn’t that sword cut both ways?

    BTW, for the person who said show me one study where people are offended, maybe they should review the Washington Post’s own survey done in 2013. Of People that wanted to “keep” the name 56% thought the term “redskin” was inappropriate. In the team’s own hometown by it’s hometown paper!!!

  96. People who can’t comprehend why “Redskins” could be and obviously is offensive to Native Americans should imagine a team named the BlackSkins and think about how quickly that would be boycotted. Hypothetical obviously, but my point remains the same. And RGIII had nothing to do with this to the moron who implied he was looking for attention.

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