The Washington Redskins are undergoing a “thorough review” of their name.
The National Football League team said Friday that it has been discussing the matter with the league for weeks. In a statement, the team said that recent events in the United States and comments from the community prompted the official review.
“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise, but also the contributions of our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field. “said owner Dan Snyder.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “Over the past few weeks, we have had ongoing discussions with Dan, and we support this important step.”
The recent national debate on racism has renewed calls for the franchise to change its name, and sponsors have started this week to increase their own pressure. This week, investors wrote to FedEx, PepsiCo and other sponsors asking them to request a change.
FedEx, the title sponsor of the team’s stadium in Landover, Maryland, said Thursday: “We have communicated to the Washington team our request to change the name of the team.”
Thursday night, Nike appeared to be removing all team equipment from its online store. Nike did not respond to multiple messages requesting comment.
The Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos, who have also been criticized for their team’s nickname, released a statement on Friday saying they would not change the situation, highlighting a research and research program. engagement with the Inuit community who found “no consensus … to support a name change.”
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Washington coach Ron Rivera, who said in a recent radio interview that this was not the time to discuss the name, called it a “matter of personal importance”. Rivera said he would work closely with Snyder during the process.
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser recently said the name was an “obstacle” to building a stadium in the district.
The current FedEx Field lease expires in 2027, and the former site of RFK Stadium in Washington is one of the many options for the new team headquarters, as well as locations in Maryland and Virginia.
Experts and advocates have called this name a “dictionary-defined racial insult”.
Up to this point, Snyder has shown no willingness to consider a change.
In late June, the team removed racist founder George Preston Marshall from their Ring of Fame. A monument to his memory has also been removed from the site of the RFK stadium.