Washington to conduct “thorough review” of team’s name

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Daniel Snyder must have spilled some Pepsi on the Nike watch that arrived via FedEx, because the damn thing now says it’s all caps never o’clock.

Two days after $620 billion in investment pressure was applied to three key sponsors and a day after two of them made their position on the matter clear, Washington has announced that it will launch a review of its name. It seems to be an obvious precursor to changing it.

Indeed, Snyder defiantly insisted more than seven years ago that the name would never change. The mere fact that the team is considering the possibility represents a giant step toward doing it.

“In light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community, the Washington Redskins are announcing the team will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name,” the team said in its statement. “This review formalizes the initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks.”

It had not been reported or disclosed that the league has been talking to the team about the issue in recent weeks. That information makes it even more apparent that the next statement, whenever it comes, will be that the name is changing.

“Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, stated, ‘This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field.'”

Two of the sponsors biggest already have said what they need to say (or, in Nike’s case, done what they need to do). And the NFL wouldn’t have been discussing the issue with Snyder if the NFL was fine with it.

Curiously, Snyder list of constituents omits express reference to players and coaches. For obvious financial reasons, they haven’t spoken out publicly. Snyder should ask them for their views on the matter, now that the ball is on the tee. The head coach already has dropped a fairly large hint.

Said coach Ron Rivera in the statement issued by the team: “This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our military.”

The statement does not explain how the military has any relevance to the issue. It could be a hint that the next name will be something that honors and supports the nation’s military.

Regardless, it’s happening. Unless Snyder is simply looking for the most awkward way to make it all worse, today’s announcement is the first major step toward finally landing on the right side of history.

107 responses to “Washington to conduct “thorough review” of team’s name

  1. You can’t keep a team name derived from a skin color. That’s not rocket science. Even as a kid, I knew the name’s days were numbered.

  2. I demand the Tampa Bay Bucs change their name. My great grandfather was a pirate.

  3. I wonder who Florio will call out next. Maybe we should revert to the red team vs the blue team. Until colors become offensive that is.

  4. We’ve heard this before. Didn’t he make his “NEVER” statement after a thorough review?

  5. “Hey, Dan so you still like the name?”
    Dan Snyder – “Yep”
    Review over.

  6. Good job Mike – your pressure on this topic certainly contributed to this step.

  7. It isn’t the fact that it is a Native American based name. Irrelevant. It is the fact that that term is a slur.

    “Washington Warriors” wouldn’t be as foul as the current name.

  8. Not sure how you draw a line on this as it surely will expand to all the other teams that use Native American names like Chiefs or the Braves. Who decides what’s acceptable or is none of it?

  9. Vikings, raiders, buccaneers… horrible people!! Cancel them all!! Only teams with animal names are allowed! Cancel everything!

  10. So… Are Native Americans not important enough to have their own football team they can root for? If they had a football team called the “Fat Men” I’d buy a hat.

  11. Keep the name as is! Snyder, do not give on to these bullies! What ever happened to all those anti-bullying campaigns? Stick to what id right, Dan. And that is keeping the name and telling these people where to stick it.

  12. You can’t keep a team name derived from a skin color. That’s not rocket science. Even as a kid, I knew the name’s days were numbered.
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    You do know many reservations call their reservation team the Redskins, right?

    I never cared for the name myself, but, when 9 of 10 native americans have no problem with it – and they use the name themselves – it makes me believe it is not offensive to those that are supposed to be offended.

  13. baltimoresnativeson says:
    July 3, 2020 at 11:19 am

    I demand the Tampa Bay Bucs change their name. My great grandfather was a pirate.
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    Just stop already with these foolish false comparisons.

  14. The irony that Nike is involved in this is outright hilarious. Where are your factories that produce your gear located Mr. Knight? What kind of labor is used? Are “fair wages” paid?

  15. I cringe when unaffected people get outraged for the sake of others… who honestly gives two craps about a football team name? Call them the Fighting Irish – oh wait, that’s a racist team name that already exists, how come PFT doesn’t write 200 articles a year calling for ND to change their mascot??

  16. The difference between this team’s name and other sports team’s names is that this one specifically refers to skin tone. Warriors, Indians, Buccaneers, etc do not refer to a skin tone

  17. The biggest problem with changing the name is that it encourages liberal radicals to whine, cry, jump up and down like little kids, and finally loot and vandalize in order to get what they want.

    I’m not a big fan of Dan Snyder, but I’ve admired his resolve (so far) to stand up to leftist pressure.

  18. Pepsi products and the massive sugar they promote give millions of people health problems that actually kill people every year. FedEx has a massive carbon footprint which is terrible for the environment . Nike, well I think everyone understands their exploitation of Chinese workers. It’s weird, the Redskins have an offensive to some name, the boycotting companies directly harm or kill people and think they are righteous with social justice issues….

  19. The only folks who can’t decide what’s acceptable are those who benefit from perpetuating white male toxicity.

  20. George Washington had 123 slaves. Perhaps Danny ought to think about killing 2 birds with one stone and changing that part of the name too? Maybe the D.C. Comics?

  21. I am genuinely concerned with the precedent this could establish. For the record, I think the team name IS inappropriate, however, the fact that the left could exert political and financial pressure sufficient enough to limit free speech is alarming.

  22. The name has nothing to do with skin color. Red in Redskins refers to red war paint. Go ask a real Native American who knows the truth of the names origin.

  23. The mob is forcing a team to give up its name, even though the name is not racist. While they are at it, might as well make Washington DC change its name because George owned slaves. I am all in favor of addressing racial injustices and police brutality and getting rid of Confederate statues. But making a cause out of the Redskins name is counterproductive to real issues.

  24. byaaah says:
    July 3, 2020 at 11:24 am

    Vikings, raiders, buccaneers… horrible people!! Cancel them all!! Only teams with animal names are allowed! Cancel everything!

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    What’s racial about Vikings, raiders or buccaneers? You fail to recognize that the whole fuss about the name “Redskins” is that it’s a negative take on the color of a persons skin.

  25. Only in America can a very select few change the context or meaning of something and tirelessly fight to change it. Whatever happened to context? Whatever happened to free speech. America is in trouble and changing the meaning is morally wrong.

  26. Cultural marxism will “NEVER” be the right side of history. Not 100 years ago, not today, not in a thousand years.

  27. Maybe Snyder will stick it to the NFL and call them the Washington Fed Ex’s. Paid sponsor on each helmet making up for the loss revenue due to the virus. Be careful what you wish for NFL.

  28. I’m appalled that so many people in this comment section are clueless on the systemic racism and bigotry that pervades our society. Y’all are part of the problem.

  29. worstpotusever says:
    July 3, 2020 at 11:33 am
    The only folks who can’t decide what’s acceptable are those who benefit from perpetuating white male toxicity.
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    The only thing worse than “white male toxicity” is self hating white males.

  30. After conducting a three month study the franchise will release the following statement..”After further review…. The name stays”.

  31. No one would believe me when I said “tick tock” on the name change.

    Only a matter of time.

  32. I hope Daniel Snyder doesn’t cave to the mob. Didn’t he trademark the name of Washington Bravehearts?

  33. Look – this is just a stall tactic. Waiting for the mob to move on to the next cause. Because if they truly wanted to change the name, they would just do it.

  34. In reply…it’s very simple in this case to decide what’s acceptable…

    “Chief” and “Brave” aren’t racial slurs. “Redskin” is.

    chief[ cheef ]
    noun

    the head or leader of an organized body of people; the person highest in authority:
    the chief of police.

    the head or ruler of a tribe or clan:
    an Indian chief.

    (initial capital letter) U.S. Army. a title of some advisers to the Chief of Staff, who do not, in most instances, command the troop units of their arms or services:
    Chief of Engineers; Chief Signal Officer.

    Informal. boss or leader:
    We’ll have to talk to the chief about this.

    Heraldry.
    the upper area of an escutcheon.
    an ordinary occupying this area.

    brave[ breyv ]
    noun

    a brave person.
    a warrior, especially among North American Indian tribes.

    redskin[ red-skin ]
    noun

    Older Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.

    a contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian.

    mrbigass says:
    July 3, 2020 at 11:24 am
    Not sure how you draw a line on this as it surely will expand to all the other teams that use Native American names like Chiefs or the Braves. Who decides what’s acceptable or is none of it?

  35. Nobody tells Dan “The Man” Snyder what to do. #RespecttheREDSKINS

  36. Watch Snyder do something like keep the logo and change the name to Warriors or something like that.

  37. arealisticpackerfan says:
    July 3, 2020 at 11:29 am
    I will have lost all respect for Daniel if he changes the name.

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    Yeah, right…now I know you are lying….NOBODY respects Daniel Snyder…not even Daniel Snyder…

  38. Southpaw says:
    July 3, 2020 at 11:30 am
    I cringe when unaffected people get outraged for the sake of others… who honestly gives two craps about a football team name? Call them the Fighting Irish – oh wait, that’s a racist team name that already exists, how come PFT doesn’t write 200 articles a year calling for ND to change their mascot??
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    That means your ok with AFFECTED people being outraged. So when we African Americans kneel during the anthem because we’re outraged you must be ok with that. Glad to have you on our side brother.

  39. I would like to know, if one focuses just on the Native American on the helmet is that also considered objectionable? I find it dignified. What about keeping the helmet image as is, and calling the team the Washington Tribe?

  40. arealisticpackerfan says:
    July 3, 2020 at 11:29 am
    I will have lost all respect for Daniel if he changes the name.
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    You had respect for him in the first place?

  41. Again, what a bunch of us middle aged white guys think shouldn’t determine the issue. Should we listed to a bunch of male caucasians whose experience with discrimination has been limited to being excluded from the express lane at the local grocery store? It’s what native americans, the ones that have faced repression, think. And that determination can’t be based on a faulty study commissioned by a company owned by Snyder. I bet a true representative sample of native americans would show 9 of 10 find it offensive.

  42. This country is horrible. Its best days were decades ago. It hasn’t been the greatest country in the world since the fifties or sixties. Cancel culture, marxism, and double standards will be the death of this once great nation. Music, movies, books, and sports have all hit rock bottom.

  43. he’ll change the name. way too much money would be left on the table if he couldn’t move the team back to a new and improved (and taxpayer funded) rfk site.

  44. I’ve lived in DC for the past decade and all I can say is good riddance. It’s a racist name, and it needed to go. The only downside to this is people will probably stop making “Washington Football Team” t-shirts.

  45. Well we better change the Indians , chiefs and every other name that people don’t like . Have we not been told the Indians don’t have a problem with it for years ? But since we are changing the national anthem to the Black national anthem we might as well change the name of the country to the Divided states of America ? This is goin to turn into another civil war !

  46. It will be the Washington Bravehearts. Snyder has already trademarked the name, and did so a couple years back. Bank on it.

  47. Knock yourselves out if you want to change the name, it’s not like it’ll have any effect on anyone’s life. Call me when you propose a change that actually benefits the day to day lives of real people.

    This one still feels like we’re responding to the bellows of woke white people more than actual Native Americans.

  48. Vikings, raiders, buccaneers… horrible people!! Cancel them all!! Only teams with animal names are allowed! Cancel everything!

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    What’s racial about Vikings, raiders or buccaneers? You fail to recognize that the whole fuss about the name “Redskins” is that it’s a negative take on the color of a persons skin.
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    Then explain to me why liberals refer to latinos and African Americans and black and brown? Wouldn’t this be equally offensive?
    Your logic fails soundly but that is usually the case when liberal is confronted with facts.

  49. Why are players kneeling? Why are people protesting in the streets? Is it to change the name of a Football team? No. Side stories like these detract from the real issue.

  50. bradysucks1 says:
    July 3, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    This is goin to turn into another civil war !
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    Based on past precedence, I guess that means the winning side will erect monuments and name army bases after the traitorous losers.

  51. I went to Talking Stick resort while wearing my Washington Redskins shirt. No one at the casino had any issue with it especially after I purchased $5k of chips in the High-Limit room.

  52. As the Chiefs is not a derogatory name in any way, I believe the next team name they’ll be coming for is the Patriots. They tore down that George Washington statue in San Francisco. Was there a bigger patriot? Where does it end? Patriots were often slave owners…
    What will Florio have to say then?

  53. progressiveshatethetruth2 says:
    July 3, 2020 at 12:25 pm
    This country is horrible. Its best days were decades ago. It hasn’t been the greatest country in the world since the fifties or sixties. Cancel culture, marxism, and double standards will be the death of this once great nation. Music, movies, books, and sports have all hit rock bottom.
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    It wasn’t great for everybody in the 50’s and 60’s…but this country really hit rock bottom when comrade Bunker Boy took office…

  54. White people: “We are offended!”

    Native Americans: “Eh, we don’t care either way”

    Also white people: *tomahawk chop*

  55. purpleguy says:
    July 3, 2020 at 12:14 pm

    Again, what a bunch of us middle aged white guys think shouldn’t determine the issue.
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    Speak for yourself. I’m not a middle aged white guy, but I do have the good sense to realize that this name should have been scrapped about 40 years ago.

  56. Snyder better not cave in. If he does I’ll be protesting at his home in North Potomac

  57. If I were him, I would change it just for the sake of the opportunity to name a football team! He can name them anything he wants (except not based on skin tone).

  58. Tonight on Monday Night Football, it’s the Kansas City Chiefs vs the Washington Virtue Signalers.

  59. I think the smart move is partner with a tribe that wants thier name and heritage to live on. Like the Seminole’s name lives on with FS.

  60. Most people offended by the name red are the Communist Chinese red sympathizers

  61. progressiveshatethetruth2 says:
    July 3, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    This country is horrible. Its best days were decades ago. It hasn’t been the greatest country in the world since the fifties or sixties. Cancel culture, marxism, and double standards will be the death of this once great nation. Music, movies, books, and sports have all hit rock bottom.

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    It wasn’t great for everybody in the 50’s and 60’s…but this country really hit rock bottom when comrade Bunker Boy took office…

    _______________________________

    Because this country had no division when Obama was in office, right? Remember what happened back in July of 2016 in Dallas? How about Ferguson, Baltimore, and Sanford?

  62. A very well crafted statement by Dan Snyder’s PR firm. The name will not be changed because the owner will lose $80M in Merchandise revenue. Snyder has every right to not change the name. Everyone needs to calm down, not everything is racist. Stop this crazy hysterical behavior.

    ‘ALL LIVES MATTER’

  63. How do you do a “thourough review” of a team’s name? What does that even mean?

  64. Somehow, the team will end up changing it’s name and Snyder will manage to look like a jackass in doing so. Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory per usual.

  65. ninersapologist says:
    July 3, 2020 at 12:40 pm
    Vikings, raiders, buccaneers… horrible people!! Cancel them all!! Only teams with animal names are allowed! Cancel everything!

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    What’s racial about Vikings, raiders or buccaneers? You fail to recognize that the whole fuss about the name “Redskins” is that it’s a negative take on the color of a persons skin.
    ———————–
    Then explain to me why liberals refer to latinos and African Americans and black and brown? Wouldn’t this be equally offensive?
    Your logic fails soundly but that is usually the case when liberal is confronted with facts.

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    No one is calling a TEAM the “Black” or “Brown” anythings and making money off of it. You really don’t get it.

  66. … and they discover most Native Americans are not offended at all and keep the name REDSKINS. This is so stupid. Hey, I’m going to name my billion dollar sports team something I hate and think are weak. It’s a term of respect. People just suck now days. Get their panties in a bunch over a word that they’ve never heard uttered other than in reference to a football team. Bunch of pansies.

  67. arealisticpackerfan says:
    July 3, 2020 at 11:29 am
    I will have lost all respect for Daniel if he changes the name.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Someone still had respect for Daniel Snyder?

  68. The majority of the above comments demonstrate how little the USA has changed since 4th of July, 1776. People still cannot conceive why Cleveland team is not named the Brown Eyes, or the Brown Skins [FYI Paul Brown’s team is now named the Ravens.]

    How would each of you feel if you were allowed the privilege of driving on the public highways on even numbered days only if you have brown eyes, on odd numbered days only if you have blue eyes, all the time if you have grey or green eyes, and NEVER if you have more than 2% Neanderthal DNA [most humans with European ancestry]. Yet, according to common vernacular, those are all separate races of humans — against whom the other should discriminate, bigot, and oppress. While we have all overcome that physical difference, the majority cannot get over 25 thousandths of an inch of different skin pigmentation.

    And by the way, only an albino person is truly “white.” Except for albininism, each and every one of us is a “person of color.” Globally, the supposed “race” of humans with light skin pigmentation is a global minority and genetic abberation for lack of Vitamin-D, that deviated from the ORIGINAL genome in Africa.

    All of this is no different than believing that the Earth is flat, that humans never landed on the moon, or that you will never get COVID-19 so you don’t need to wear a mask.

  69. arealisticpackerfan says:
    July 3, 2020 at 11:29 am

    I will have lost all respect for Daniel if he changes the name.

    ——-

    It took THIS for you to lose respect for him? C’mon Mrs. Snyder, I know he’s your son and all, but I think you missed a bunch of other perfectly good reasons to lose respect for him.

  70. A Billion dollar corporation is changing its name. I haven’t been this upset since Datsun changed it’s name to Nissan. How will I ever be able to adjust?

  71. There is no such thing as a self-hating white male. On the other hand, we know white male toxicity transcends ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation.

  72. Why would they wanna change the name? It’s fine the way it is. Changing the name won’t help them win.

  73. packerbacker says:
    July 3, 2020 at 11:19 am

    You can’t keep a team name derived from a skin color. That’s not rocket science. Even as a kid, I knew the name’s days were numbered.

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    Never met a person with redskin before. They should change the symbol and make it something else instead keep the name. To many white people are upset with this not enough brown people are upset with this.

    I went to a school that was called the Redmen with a similar logo. Had to change years later to Redhawks. stupidest thing ever.

    What should be more disturbing is the bully tactics of others in a free country to make someone change. Also it’s still so odd that the symbol is of a warrior playing a warriors game.

    I live in a part of the world that has allot of native Canadians and they are often spotted wearing Blackhawk Jersey’s, Redskin jersey’s cause well it’s shows a past part of their culture. In fact go to a pow pow and see indians wearing traditional paint on their face.

    If the native indian culture was upset by this and up in arms constantly I would urge the team to change based on that. The fact that most of these cmopanies are white, have zero native americans working there means it’s just straight bully tactics.

    Until the Natives out there speak about this on a regular basis I think they should keep the name and symbol

  74. I just heard they are going to keep everything just like it is except change the name to Washington Native American. That is very smart wish I had thought of that.

  75. If you have ever been to one of the big Navajo reservations in Arizona or the Sioux reservation in South Dakota, you will know that the people there have a lot more pressing things to worry about than the name of a sports team on the east coast.

  76. progressiveshatethetruth2 says:
    July 3, 2020 at 12:25 pm
    This country is horrible. Its best days were decades ago. It hasn’t been the greatest country in the world since the fifties or sixties. Cancel culture, marxism, and double standards will be the death of this once great nation. Music, movies, books, and sports have all hit rock bottom.
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    If you think the best days were the fifties and sixties…you ain’t black

  77. Why do so many people who don’t live near an NFL city post here?? And why are they so concerned about what our teams do or don’t do??

  78. call em whatever you want, they still blow more chunks than a two year old’s diaper.

  79. Just a note: I am for a new name. Also, I just heard that the Cleveland Indians are re-thinking their name. So, for them, how about the Burning Rivers? ;>)

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