Redskins win trademark fight over name as Justice Department gives up

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The Redskins will remain the Redskins.

The NFL club officially won after the Justice Department, in a letter to a federal appeals court, abandoned its legal fight over the Redskins name, according to the Associated Press.

The department conceded last week’s Supreme Court decision in Matal v. Tam in favor of an Asian-American band calling itself the Slants means the NFL team will prevail. There are no more legal battles for the Redskins, allowing them to keep the name some allege disparages Native Americans.

Redskins Owner Dan Snyder said last week he was “thrilled” by the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Per the Associated Press, the Redskins case had been on hold in the federal appeals court while the Slants decision was rendered. The Supreme Court found that Simon Tam could trademark the Slants as the name of his Asian-American rock band because it would be unconstitutional for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to discriminate against it, citing the First Amendment’s free speech protection. The justices were unanimous in saying the 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes free speech rights.

“Consistent with Tam, the Court should reverse the judgment of the district court and remand the case with instructions to enter judgment in favor of Pro-Football,” Mark Freeman, an attorney for the Justice Department’s civil division, wrote to the Richmond, Virginia-based 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.

50 responses to “Redskins win trademark fight over name as Justice Department gives up

  1. Kudos, Ms. Williams, for using their correct name.

    If I was in Redskin management, I would make it team policy to refuse to cooperate with any reporter that refuses to use the team name.

    It’s disrespectful.

  2. This is why Snyder will never reach the SB. He’s a loser, and would rather battle his former GM, stick with a embarrassing name,mortgage draft picks, pay people who don’t deserve it (Haynesworth, Norman). Snyder is more concerned with himself than the team or fans or football in general. Let’s not forget the cheap bastard doesn’t want to pay for decent up keep of his own field.

  3. Funny that the image on the Refskin helmet is of Chief Tamany. Look it up. It was done to honor him as the founder of the first US Holiday

    They even had Tamany Societies

    Look it up

  4. Thank god. The worst part about any of it is seeing the awkward avoidance of using “Redskins”, by people trying to act holier-than-thou.

  5. Finally, common sense, aided by the correct interpretation of the Constitution from the Supreme Court, prevails.

    A good ruling for a bad football team.

  6. Woo Hoo!! Freedom of speech wins. The name was meant to show honor but PC crowd spun it for their own self righteousness!

  7. This is why Snyder will never reach the SB. He’s a loser

    Um hawks1124 he won this one. Either you’re a hater or can’t read or a typical liberal who finds hate in everything while accusing others of being hateful for nothing. I don’t care which one you are but this is football which, believe it or not, brings people together instead of the division you people want. Perfect example is me (a,Cowboys fan) being happy for REDSKIN fans.

  8. Logically, why would you choose a name for your team that is a slur? You don’t , you make slurs of your rivals, so it seems unlikely the Redskins ever meant to be a slur , it simply doesn’t make sense. It’s a little tiring living in a society where everyone is desperately looking to be insulted.

  9. Finally someone out a loss on those hysterical politically correct weirdos. I am so over those self important and yet self loathing, annoying types trying to tell people how to think. #sorrynotsorry.

  10. The politically correct crowd is wasting a lot of energy on these issues. Maybe Dan Snyder likes the name Redskins. Maybe Colin Kaepernick doesn’t feel like standing for the national anthem. Why is the PC crowd is so intolerant? I think a lot of people are confused about what our flag and our constitution represent. It’s called freedom.

  11. a very ‘narrow’ 8-0 decision by the Supreme Court reaffirmed the First Amendment.

    A tragic setback for politically correct social engineers. Maybe they can do a boycott of the NFL !

  12. A win for Washington but also a win for Native Americans. Anything that helps to keep them in our consciousness is a good thing. I mean anything because some Native Americans have it really bad, and the worst thing that could happen is for them to be simply forgotten. Not saying one football mascot means everything, but every little bit helps.

  13. All the media virtue signalers seem to have been completely routed on this issue despite their best efforts to vilify everyone including Redskin super fan Chief Zee who was verbally assaulted by various reporters. I think the Chief is having the last and longest laugh on them now wherever he may be.

  14. The nickname had been the brainchild of George Preston Marshall, a laundry magnate and flamboyant showman who had bought the Boston Braves football team in 1932. As his second head coach, Marshall hired William “Lone Star” Dietz, a journeyman coach at the collegiate level whose mother was most likely a Sioux. It was in “honor” of Dietz, who coached the team for just two seasons and who at Marshall’s urging willingly put on war paint and Indian feathers before home games, that Marshall changed the team’s name to the Redskins.

    He [Marshall] would be the last NFL owner to integrate his team and did so after years of heavy resistance and only because of government pressure.

  15. it’s always best to err on the side of freedom. it is unwise to surrender to the heckler’s veto.

  16. I still don’t think the Supreme Court would be in favor of a team called the Blackskins. Just pointing out a potential contradiction, regardless of any opinion on the decision stated in the article.

  17. The Supreme Court UNANIMOUSLY voted in favor of the Redskins (or The Slants in the actual case).

    This goes to show you how far things went off the rails the previous 8 years.

  18. One small step for bigots, one giant step backwards for mankind. Congrats….I guess.

  19. As a person with 1/8 Native (Blackfeet) American lineage I am extremely happy about this. The pc crowd has been dealt a huge blow by this unanimous decision.

    Hail to the Redskins!!!

  20. marooncat79 says:
    Jun 29, 2017 9:50 PM
    Funny that the image on the Refskin helmet is of Chief Tamany. Look it up. It was done to honor him as the founder of the first US holiday
    I don’t know where you got your information, or why this had so many thunbs up, but this actually is not at all correct. Luckily, the truth is even more Redskins-positive. In 1972, the Redskins approached Walter Wetzel, president of the National Congress of American Indians and asked him for his input designing a Native pride-affirming helmet. Wetzel commissioned some designs, and the current Redskins logo is the one the NCAI settled on.

    This is indisputable fact, and makes the helmet design indisputably a symbol of Native pride.

  21. wolfiereasonedlife says:

    One small step for bigots, one giant step backwards for mankind. Congrats….I guess.

    According to the dictionary, a bigot is a person who is intolerant towards people with different views. Look in the mirror.

  22. peebag says:

    I’m guessing the majority of posters are white.

    Well, the majority of the country is white. But the only people I know who whine about the Redskins are white. Your point?

  23. Some comments here are hysterical(Best read out loud in a nasally, whiny sounding..cuck voice):

    “What about the name ‘Blackskins?!’
    “Racism wins again”
    “Most of the posters here must be white!” (No doubt posted by a white person)

    You need to stop this obsession with finding racism everywhere; I get it, you feel left out that you didn’t get to participate in fighting for Civil Rights back in the 60s, you just get to enjoy the benefits of it.

    This is a football team’s name, nothing more….anyone who has an issue with it obviously has much bigger problems that are being ignored (or they are just projecting).

  24. After all the posts that Florio had on the REDSKINS name and how it was going to change, you would think he would be the one to write about this defeat. HAIL TO THE REDSKINS.


  25. One of the problems I have had with this whole debate is that the same people arguing against the Redskins name always had to engage in this shaming nonsense that inevitably led to someone being called a racist. There are several examples here in the comments above.

    This was an argument for free speech and while the term Redskins for a small amount of people may upset them, in this country freedom of speech wins out. As Salman Rushdie once said, “Nobody has the right to not be offended.” You simply cannot advocate free speech on one hand and yield to the whims of the offended of said speech by eliminating “free” speech. If you do, where does it actually end? Unfortunately for those who have bought into the victim culture endorsed by the people on the left that has perpetuated the ridiculous PC movement over the last 20 years, this 8-0 decision should signal that it’s time to grow up and move on. Understand that in the 8-0 decision, the 4 liberal justices ruled for free speech or as some would say ruled against the right to be offended.

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