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The Washington, D.C., NFL team on Friday morning said it would undergo a “thorough review” of the team name amid renewed outcry over its highly offensive brand.
Celebrities such as Spike Lee and D.L. Hughley have been among the growing chorus of those calling for the change, which was reignited amid anti-racism protests and conversations about inequality following the May 25 killing of George Floyd.
The Washington team, one of the NFL’s oldest clubs, for decades has refused to change the name and logo even though Native Americans and others have demanded it. Now, it appears the change will take place. “Let’s be clear: There’s no review if there’s no change coming,” noted NFL analyst Adam Schefter.
Meanwhile, Nike appears to have removed all merchandise featuring the NFL team from its site.
According to the club’s statement shared by Schefter via Twitter, the team has been having internal talks for “weeks,” which will now be formalized with the review.
Newly named head coach Ron Rivera said in the statement that the issue was “of personal importance to me.”
The team statement concludes: “We believe this review can and will be conducted with the best interest of all in mind.”
On Friday night, the Cleveland Indians released a statement that indicated the team would also rebrand.
On Monday afternoon, Donald Trump criticized the teams’ name change consideration.
“They name teams out of STRENGTH, not weakness, but now the Washington Redskins & Cleveland Indians, two fabled sports franchises, look like they are going to be changing their names in order to be politically correct. Indians, like Elizabeth Warren, must be very angry right now!,” the president tweeted.
And here it is: the Redskins are undergoing a thorough review of the team’s name.
And let’s be clear: There’s no review if there’s no change coming.
Redskins on way out. pic.twitter.com/ZrS3cCvhMg
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 3, 2020
July 6, 12:45 p.m.: Updated with comments from Trump.
5:40 p.m.: Updated with a statement from the Cleveland Indians.
8:55 a.m.: Added Nike’s removal of merchandise from its site.
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