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Washington Redskins, Under Pressure From Corporate Sponsors, Reviewing Name

July 4th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

The Washington Redskins announced Friday that the NFL football team will be "undergoing a thorough review of the team name" that Native Americans have long objected to as racially offensive. 

In a statement, the team said the review “formalizes the initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks.”

It said it was doing so "in light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community."

Previously, team owner Daniel Synder has said the team would never change its name, claiming it actually honored Native Americans.

But in just the past day or so, the team has come under heavy pressure from corporate sponsors to change the name, including from FedEx, which own the naming rights to the stadium where the Washington team plays in Landover, Maryland.



“We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name,” FedEx said in a short statement Thursday and on Thursday night Nike appeared to have removed Redskins merchandise available for sale online.



“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,” Snyder is quoted as saying in the statement.



NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement, “In the last few weeks, we have had ongoing discussions with Dan, and we are supportive of this important step,” according to NFL.com.



The new coach, Ron Rivera, is quoted in the team statement as saying, "This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Synder to make sure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our Military."



"We believe this review can and will be conducted with the best interest of all in mind," the statement concludes.



Just last week, a memorial to the team's founder, George Preston Marshall, an ardent segregationist. was removed from the team's previous home field, RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C.



D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has said any desire the team had to move back to that site or elsewhere in the city would face opposition because of the current name.

 

13 Responses to “Washington Redskins, Under Pressure From Corporate Sponsors, Reviewing Name”

  1. July 04, 2020 at 7:45 am, Bob C said:

    Why not change the name to the city of liars football team

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  2. July 04, 2020 at 9:08 am, jackblack said:

    How about the “Dead Skins”,that would be a complement to the team and appease the know nothing whiners.

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  3. July 04, 2020 at 9:43 am, Kathy said:

    How about do away with football all together. Then they won’t have to worry about kneeling either.

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    • July 04, 2020 at 10:32 am, Bob said:

      > Hear, hear! Such people should not be glorified.

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  4. July 04, 2020 at 11:37 am, David said:

    What ever happened to the “liberals” of the world, they were the ones who said “I disagree with what you are saying but I’ll fight to the death for your right to say it”. The constitution gives me the freedom of speech but I don’t remember anything about the freedom from someone saying something that would offend me. The theory of the left is if I say something that offends them, I should shut up. But when they call me a hater its OK because in their eyes they are speaking the truth. The fact that I feel the same way about what I am saying is irrelevant to them. If I don’t agree with them I don’t have the right to be heard. People we are letting the left take our rights away! They are NOT tolerant. If they disagree with you they will do everything in their power, by any means to shut you up. The very injustice they point to in the past, suppressing the rights of someone for the color of their skin. They are committing the same to people they don’t agree with. On the day we celebrate the birthday of our country these people are trying to kill it. Once they take over the rights that they are demanding for their selves with be denied to everyone they don’t like. It has happen in the past and it will happen again if they succeed! Enjoy your freedoms while you have them.

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    • July 04, 2020 at 1:19 pm, Jay said:

      I vote they change the name to the Washington Blackskins

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      • July 04, 2020 at 1:21 pm, Jay said:

        Or do you prefer the Washington Whiteskins?

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  5. July 04, 2020 at 2:05 pm, Kathy said:

    TRUMP 2020

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    • July 04, 2020 at 7:24 pm, Jay said:

      Actually Kathy, Trump 2021. That’s the year he will be officially out of office and the SDNY will unseal the charges against him. As an informed Trump supporter I’m sure you must know that he is an unidicted co-conspirator with a number of charges against him including campaign funds violations such as paying off Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about his adulterous activities with her, just after his wife Melania gave birth to Barron. Also part of the reason he change his official residence to Florida from New York.

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  6. July 04, 2020 at 8:05 pm, Kathy said:

    WOW YOU ARE DERANGED ????

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  7. July 05, 2020 at 7:05 am, jim said:

    Jay take your SS check for being worthless and stfu

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    • July 05, 2020 at 7:30 am, Jay said:

      Kathy and Jim, you guys can’t rage post your way out of facts any more than Trump can rage tweet his way out of his corruption and moral failures. His own niece even hates him.

      Reply

  8. July 06, 2020 at 3:31 pm, mac said:

    I come back after having been gone for a few days to find the same level of graciousness and decorum as when I left.

    Reply

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