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Jul 13, 2020
“New name and design approach” in the works, team says
After pressure from sponsors and advocates followed by an internal review, Washington’s professional football team will retire its logo and name that is widely considered a derogatory racial slur.
The team issued a short press release Monday morning stating that it had completed a “thorough review” of the name, which began on July 3. The release said owner Dan Snyder and coach Ron Rivera are working on a new name and logo design but didn’t indicate what the new name might be.
Many welcomed the announcement.
“Today we celebrate the retirement of the Washington NFL football team name that has long perpetuated racism and harm against Native peoples,” said Crystal Echo Hawk, executive director of IllumiNative, a not-for-profit initiative that advocates against negative stereotypes, including in sports.
“Tomorrow, our fight continues,” she added in a statement. “We will not rest until the offensive use of Native imagery, logos, and names are eradicated from professional, collegiate, and K-12 sports.”
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