Nike has shared concerns with NFL about Washington’s team name

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At some point before Thursday night, Nike pulled all merchandise bearing the name or logo of the Washington franchise from its website. The drop-down menu, in fact, deleted the franchise from the list of NFL teams.

On Friday, Nike issued a statement.

Via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the NFL’s official apparel provider said, “We have been talking to the NFL and sharing our concerns regarding the name of the Washington team. We are pleased to see the team taking a first step towards change.”

It did not elaborate about removing merchandise of the Washington team from its website.

FedEx and Pepsi also have issued statements encouraging owner Dan Snyder to change the team’s name.

The team issued a statement Friday, announcing it was conducting “a thorough review” of the name, and pressure from sponsors likely is what finally gets Snyder to do something he has vowed in the past he would never do.

As Nike’s most famous ad says, “Just do it.”

104 responses to “Nike has shared concerns with NFL about Washington’s team name

  1. Wow! The times they are a’changing! Good for Nike. Maybe next the NFL can do to Dan Snyder what the MLB did to Marge Schott and what the NBA did to Donald Sterling and force them to sell their franchises. Go Redtails go!

  2. Would be amazing if Snyder just doubles down and the league told Nike to cope or get lost.

  3. 1touchdown1hr1goal says:

    July 3, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Nike. About as moral as a $2 Bill

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    It’s funny that so far 7 people have given you a thumbs up for a phrase that makes no sense. The phrase is fake as a 3 dollar bill because there are actually 2 dollar bills. What you’ve written is just babble that people thumbed up for their disdain with nike.

  4. This is the same Nike who didn’t have a problem using sweatshop labor to make their shoes.

  5. Pretty bold for a company that pays most of their over seas employee’s pennies a day…

  6. Does Nike drive over the Tappan-Zee bridge to big meetings in NY? Not anymore, liberals erased Native American history and called it the Andrew Cuomo (D) Bridge. Bye-Bye History. Let’s fill ego and oppress your history & language with tax-payer money.

  7. Time for the Cowboys to change their name also since they killed Native Americans.

  8. Something else is going on here. Nike’s stance makes complete business sense.

    However, Fedex – a 20% owner of the team coming out publically to demand that Snyder, the majority owner, change the name smells like there is an internal power struggle!

    I’d welcome that because it’s baffling that Snyder managed to buy the team because he’s proven repeatedly over the past quarter century that he’s a horrible businessman, a disastrous owner and has the personality of a snail! He can’t even get in front of a camera and take questions!

    If I were a sports journalist in Washington, D.C. I’d want to be the first to expose what must be trouble in paradise between him and the minority owners. Perhaps that hostile takeover that us fans have prayed for is in the works!

  9. Nike – the corporate extortionist brand. Just Do it! What a repugnant company. Promoting a fake racial equality mantra that is really socialism. They have the morality worse than the Redskins name. I hope this company fades into oblivion. My guess is one of their athletes will do them in.

  10. Nike uses slave labor to make their products. Would also make a fortune from the Redskins rebrand.

    Frauds.

  11. Sunday Swami says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:02 pm

    1touchdown1hr1goal says:

    July 3, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Nike. About as moral as a $2 Bill

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    It’s funny that so far 7 people have given you a thumbs up for a phrase that makes no sense. The phrase is fake as a 3 dollar bill because there are actually 2 dollar bills. What you’ve written is just babble that people thumbed up for their disdain with nike.
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    Think about it just a tad longer. It will start to make sense. You’re almost there.

  12. Nike trying to be social justice champions while they run sweatshops in Asia to make their overpriced shoes.

  13. karlsrath says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:03 pm
    This is the same Nike who didn’t have a problem using sweatshop labor to make their shoes.

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    By using the word “didn’t”, it seems that Nike’s use of dubious sources of labor is a 5hing of the past….per the Washington Post, they were in cahoots with factories using forced labor in Central and East Asia as recently as February of this year.

  14. slave labor! Nike? they have no business saying anything this article is laughable.

  15. I will go to great lengths to not buy anything with a Nike logo. The world has gone nuts.

  16. nydre4 says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:13 pm
    Nike uses slave labor to make their products. Would also make a fortune from the Redskins rebrand.

    Frauds.
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    Bingo. Likewise, LeBron James is all for Black Lives Matter and equal rights. Except when it comes to the citizens of Hong Kong or African immigrants living in China.

    Grandstanding hypocrites make my blood boil.

  17. Nike uses the cheapest legal labor on the market. So does everyone else. If you dont like it, dont buy their stuff. Simple.

  18. I have officially Boycotted Nike, Pepsi and FedEx and encourage all to do so.

  19. So what Nike, FedEx, and/or NBC are doing for people in the reservations? Nike could take some of their factories to the reservations to decrease the high level of unemployment amongst Native Americans.

  20. Will the thought-police force me to burn my old Street & Smiths and Sporting News annual preview magazines because they used the name “Washington Redskins”?

  21. It’s really nice that Nike will speak out on something that will not really affect their bottom line. They said nothing about supporting the people of Hong Kong when China took over there country. Come to think of it, the NFL didn’t say anything either!!!

  22. So Nike, like Fedex, those great woke companies who both deal with China, that suppressor of their own peoples human rights and have known to imprison if not kill based on political ideals, does not like the REDSKIN name. What a joke the both of them are. Look at yourselves first, hypocrites.

  23. Just wondering does Snyder share his concerns about the actual slaves who are used to manufacture Nike’s products in Asia?

  24. If the Skins go they better get ’em ALL… they all have to go: Fighting Irish, Seminoles, Indians, Chiefs, Blackhawks, 49ers (1849 gold rush miners who killed Natives), Cowboys, Braves, Warriors… can’t cherry pick… they all have to go.

  25. “I have officially Boycotted Nike, Pepsi and FedEx and encourage all to do so.”

    I just placed an order to buy shares in all three companies.

  26. Remember people, when Nike moved their factories to China they didn’t decrease the price of their products. They only did it to increase profits.

  27. That’s what I like about most of the commentators on this site. They don’t fall for what big business is pushing.

  28. Tell that to the Uiguhrs.

    deadinbed says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:22 pm
    Nike uses the cheapest legal labor on the market. So does everyone else. If you dont like it, dont buy their stuff. Simple.

  29. deadinbed says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:22 pm
    Nike uses the cheapest legal labor on the market. So does everyone else. If you dont like it, dont buy their stuff. Simple.

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    Plantation owners back in the 1850’s used the cheapest legal labor on the market, too.

    Both Nike and the Plantation owners of the 1850’s profitted greatly off of inhumane forced human labor. So you would have supported slavery back in the 1850’s.

  30. Here is an idea: maybe Nike could just do it by building manufacturing plants on Native American reservations. This could provide jobs to the unemployed Native Americans. Of course, Nike would have to pay a living wage, but that would require them to either raise their prices, which are already too high, or eat some profit. There is no better way for Nike to show its commitment to justice for the Native American community. I’ve never had a Nike product and don’t plan on getting one.

  31. But what about all the slaves Nike uses in Vietnam & Malasia to make their shoes? Morals.

  32. Ok so what you’re saying I should do is—-use UPS, drink Coke and buy Under Armour.
    Got it.

  33. Nike, Fed-ex and Pepsi are conveniently enough three things I can live without. Thanks for the nudge.

  34. Why doesn’t anyone ask the tough questions to Goodell or Silver at press conferences? Such as why you do business with Nike a company which uses Asian sweat shop labor not to mention exploit child labor. Phil Knight and his enablers such as LeBron and Kaepernick fake outrage taking the black community for a ride.

  35. This is such corporate CYA bullcrap. Nike’s taken heat for years about their lack of concern for the human rights of their workers. They’ve done nothing about it. But here comes an easy chance to show how woke they are by telling an NFL team to change its name. Wow. We supposed to be impressed or something?

  36. Leftists have been in shock since 2016. 2020 will be shock and awe. They seem oblivious to the backlash that’s coming.

  37. deadinbed says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:22 pm
    Nike uses the cheapest legal labor on the market. So does everyone else. If you dont like it, dont buy their stuff. Simple.

    ___________________________________________________________________

    Minimum wage in many Asian countries is under 100 USD per month. Not very much, but cost of living isn’t as much in those nations. Why wouldn’t American companies have their products manufactured there? If they didn’t, spoiled American imbeciles would complain about the prices.

  38. The Washington ALL SKINS. Everyone would embrace it because it would cover everything without being political. Don’t respond unless your wearing an E-Mask. Hahaahhaa. Stay healthy folks.

  39. ampatsisahypocrite says:
    July 3, 2020 at 6:44 pm

    This is such corporate CYA bullcrap. Nike’s taken heat for years about their lack of concern for the human rights of their workers. They’ve done nothing about it.
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    That’s nonsense. Nike’s done plenty to improve conditions in factories they contract with and has a lengthy list of human rights related conditions they must meet. And these same exact factories make shoes for Reebok, Adidas, Puma and pretty much every other company.

  40. “I have officially Boycotted Nike, Pepsi and FedEx and encourage all to do so.”

    I just placed an order to buy shares in all three companies.
    ——————–
    Good luck with that – all three stocks are currently have “hold” ratings … not “buy” or “strong buy”.

    We’ll be investing our money elsewhere and earning higher returns.

  41. I love this….

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    thetooloftools says:
    July 3, 2020 at 6:52 pm
    The Washington ALL SKINS. Everyone would embrace it because it would cover everything without being political. Don’t respond unless your wearing an E-Mask. Hahaahhaa. Stay healthy folks.

    1 0 Rate This

  42. I never like Snyder and I never cared for the REDSKINS. but I hope Snyder tells nike to shove it. Then I’ll buy some Redskins gear just for him doing that.

  43. Few fun facts for the clueless;
    1. Patriot is not a derogatory label given by a conquering foe.
    2. Hong Kong was taken from China by England after years of England importing opium to China.
    3. People mad about changing the Redskins name and removing confederate statues are going to be really uncomfortable in 10 years.
    4. History usually remembers who the willfully malignant characters are; a lot of you are vying for that role.

  44. It’s going to happen, so I’ll play along. Go back to the classic 1972 R logo and just call themselves the D.C. Renegades.

  45. Sunday Swami says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:02 pm
    1touchdown1hr1goal says:

    July 3, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    Nike. About as moral as a $2 Bill

    ——-
    It’s funny that so far 7 people have given you a thumbs up for a phrase that makes no sense. The phrase is fake as a 3 dollar bill because there are actually 2 dollar bills. What you’ve written is just babble that people thumbed up for their disdain with nike.

    —————
    Well cmon, do you really think this forum is for people who care about others? The majority here don’t think how it feels to be someone else, whether it be players who sacrifice their bodies and minds or the the Indians, who sacrificed their land and freedom. We still have a righteous and unable to empathize majority here in football land. And cue the thumbs down 3,2,1 ….

  46. I doubt any of this corporate pressure–or their positions–is new. It may just be more visible now. I doubt it will make much difference.

  47. Forget about whether Nike has its products made in sweatshops, or with slave labor – China is the most racist country on earth. The most racist country. To China, if you’re not Han Chinese, you’re sub-human, a dumb animal. Until Nike quits doing business with China, their anti-racism talk is empty, a joke they are playing on us.

    As Chuck Knox used to say, “Your actions are so loud I can’t hear the words you say.”

  48. Just how many American companies utilize cheap overseas labor? And as if you really care about Nike sweatshops.
    All posters do on this site is deflect. How about dealing with the actual issue for a change? Nothing in the article mentioned sweatshops.

  49. Nike should be more concerned about paying their workers token wages while they toil away in dingy factories located in their world countries. Nike’s hypocrisy knows no limits.

  50. deadinbed says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:22 pm
    Nike uses the cheapest legal labor on the market. So does everyone else. If you dont like it, dont buy their stuff. Simple.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________

    Slave labor is still legal in some parts of the world and tolerated in many other parts.

  51. tajuara says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Remember people, when Nike moved their factories to China they didn’t decrease the price of their products. They only did it to increase profits.
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    More nonsense.

    1. Nike doesn’t have any factories, they contract with 3rd party companies just like every other shoe brand.
    2. When do you think Nike “moved their factories to China”, and from where? They’ve been making shoes in Asia for 40 years now, first in Japan, then Taiwan, Korea, China, etc.

  52. blizzardwarning says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:36 pm
    I just placed an order to buy shares in all three companies.
    ==

    Liar.

  53. nite2al says:
    Just how many American companies utilize cheap overseas labor? And as if you really care about Nike sweatshops.
    All posters do on this site is deflect. How about dealing with the actual issue for a change? Nothing in the article mentioned sweatshops.
    ————————–
    So to you, changing a name is more important… a name? WHOSE life will that make better? Is that really a more important issue than large companies using sweatshops to make shoes that they sell for $250 or more.

    FOCUS. The reason players are kneeling, and people are marching in the streets is accountability for police brutality. Not to change the name of an NFL football team. Yay got rid of Aunt Jemima, Uncle Ben and the Portrait on the side of a helmet…. great whose life have you made better? Crickets. What about police accountability? Crickets.

  54. Nike… supporting the uneducated idiot who is against racism but then refuses to wear anti-slavery flag shoes! Go Sweatshop labor!! Just do it!

  55. Nike doing “slave labor” in Asia is basically every corporation in the US – all these proud boys talking crap, yet they shop at Dollar General every day. Laughable.

    Washington Braves – keep the logos the same, DONE.

  56. They spent years making untold millions selling Nike Redskins gear produced by nine-year-old kids from Bangladesh.

    You can’t be a woke corporation without being extremely hypocrital.

  57. carloswlassiter says:
    July 3, 2020 at 7:54 pm
    tajuara says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    Remember people, when Nike moved their factories to China they didn’t decrease the price of their products. They only did it to increase profits.
    ——————————————————————–
    More nonsense

    Carlos the comedian. Nike is actually a worldwide leader in promoting him an rights. Ha ha.

    You’re hilarious.

  58. Ben Arnold says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:01 pm
    Maybe Nike should also agree to not run slave labor camps in China as well.

    400 13 Rate This
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    This seems more jest than actual caring. But that would be pretty cool, perhaps you should jump on that progressive train and let’s make it happen.

  59. Why doesn’t Nike worrying about their slave labor practices instead of worrying about a football teams name.

    You have to have serious nerve to be working people like slaves in sweat shops while having “concerns” about a football team name.

  60. The righties tears taste wonderful.

    Sorry boomers. The world is advancing to fix everything you’ve screwed up.

  61. > About as moral as a $2 Bill.

    William who?

    I don’t see the resemblance between Earl Morrall and Thomas Jefferson.

    Well… that leaves the $10 federal reserve note, plus the obsolete $500 and $1,000. But please elucidate your opinions on the morality of the $10,000 “Bill.” The $100,000 note featured not “Bill”, but “Jim” crow that is. All the other “Bills” owned slaves at some point.

  62. Who cares the NFL will collapse after week 1!No fans! Nobody watching! Goodell better resign.

  63. Forcing someone to change something, that they have a right to do is not change.. it’s being a bully.

  64. When the money starts walkin, Snyder starts talkin.

    Greed kills.

  65. Time for the Cowboys to change their name also since they killed Native Americans.

    ________________________

    They also have destroyed Redskins over the years as well.

  66. Cleveland Indians have announced on Friday evening they are putting the name “Indians” under review. What a great Friday! Two worst offenders have caved on the same day. Happy Fourth!

  67. realitycheckbaby says:
    July 3, 2020 at 8:51 pm
    The righties tears taste wonderful.

    Sorry boomers. The world is advancing to fix everything you’ve screwed up.
    _________
    You must be from that generation that blames everyone else for their woes and those of society.

  68. More nonsense

    Carlos the comedian. Nike is actually a worldwide leader in promoting him an rights. Ha ha.

    You’re hilarious.
    _______________________
    Nike cares about human rights and equality but yet uses child slave labor? How can that be synonymous? I don’t look to billion dollar companies that got rich off the backs of underprivileged children for advice or as voice of reason. Are we listening to Nike because they produced some Colin Kaepernick commercials and pretend to care about equality? If they care about equality, they need to conduct themselves accordingly in all aspects of their business. They could care less about the poor countries they take advantage of to make their billions and we are supposed to give a crap that they don’t like the name of an NFL franchise that they never had a problem with while they were making money hand over fist with for how many years now? Wake up!

  69. eadinbed says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:22 pm
    Nike uses the cheapest legal labor on the market. So does everyone else. If you dont like it, dont buy their stuff. Simple.
    ________________
    Your missing the point. Whether there is a loophole or not to pay children pennies a day to make their shoes is legal, it still isn’t right. A company that does this, should keep their mouth shut or change their practices. If NIKE feels it is their place to speak out against the name of a football franchise because the name is racist and offensive to many in society, then shouldn’t their business practices echo their statements about equality? Using child labor to make their overpriced shoes isn’t equality.

  70. This issue reminds me of the town I grew up in (Rapid City,SD). From time to time issues arise & the public gets to vote on the issue, to determine if said issue will happen. Using public funds to enlarge the city’s civic center or not. The public votes the issue down, but miraculously the issue appears again, and again on the ballot, until it gets forced down the citizen’s throats. The Washington Redskins team name change is the same way….lets push the issue over n over until the name is changed.

  71. tedy54 says:
    July 3, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Minimum wage in many Asian countries is under 100 USD per month. Not very much, but cost of living isn’t as much in those nations. Why wouldn’t American companies have their products manufactured there? If they didn’t, spoiled American imbeciles would complain about the prices.

    ———-

    Well, it used to be because there were federal safety and employment regulations prohibiting it. But that changed by the mid-90s when the last garment manufacturers moved everything overseas.

    The prices never did come DOWN, though. Guess it takes time to recoup the cost of all those factories!

  72. jerrystrashcan says:
    July 3, 2020 at 7:45 pm
    deadinbed says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:22 pm
    Nike uses the cheapest legal labor on the market. So does everyone else. If you dont like it, dont buy their stuff. Simple. Lol someone doesn’t get the point keep being a sheep!

  73. Nike needs to mind their own business. They have and should NEVER have any influence in such matters NOT to mention how their shoes are made basically by slave labor.

  74. jerrystrashcan says:
    July 3, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    deadinbed says:
    July 3, 2020 at 5:22 pm
    Nike uses the cheapest legal labor on the market. So does everyone else. If you dont like it, dont buy their stuff. Simple.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________

    Slave labor is still legal in some parts of the world and tolerated in many other parts.//////

    That makes it okay? Corporate America has sold us out. Their greed for board members has hurt the working man in this country. The jobs left and the prices keep increasing. And what does Congress do? Keep on giving them breaks when they pay no taxes.

  75. Most people on here complaining about Nike fail to understand that every other brand is making their product in the exact same factories using the exact same labor pool.

    Some guy on here yesterday was even bragging about his new Sketchers without having a clue where they were made.

    Don’t like it? OK – fine, you can buy some of the small % of New Balance shoes that are made in the USA for twice the price.

  76. 1touchdown1hr1goal says:
    July 3, 2020 at 4:38 pm
    Nike. About as moral as a $2 Bill.

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    The $2 is a LEGITIMATE piece of United States Currency. Since it is currecncy, it has no moral standing one way or another.

  77. If the way Nike makes money is a problem for you, maybe you are not a supporter of capitalism.

  78. I just came to see if those who claimed to boycott the NFL in the past had really done so. Nope. Still here commenting.

  79. Like the company that uses child labor should be the voice of ANY social issues!

    POT MEET KETTLE!

  80. bamboozle99 says:
    July 4, 2020 at 1:46 pm
    If the way Nike makes money is a problem for you, maybe you are not a supporter of capitalism.
    _____________________________________

    Well then send your kids to me, I have some bust a55 roofing work and I’ll gladly give them $2/hr!

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