In a move the football world had been waiting a long time for, the Washington football franchise announced in a statement it would be retiring "Redskins" as its team name and logo for good.
The statement also assured Washington fans, sponsors and community that they are working toward a new name that they hope to stand for 100 years and that owner Dan Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera are working closely to develop it.
Not long after, ESPN's Max Kellerman blasted Snyder and Washington's statement, calling it "garbage" and "unsurprising."
"That's a garbage statement by that organization," Kellerman said on First Take Monday. "It's unsurprising, Dan Snyder is doing this like a perpetual toddler who doesn't want to do something. This is a moment for which an organization should get credit. They could've been a little bit out in front of this, a little bit out ahead, but rather than that, they chose to be kind of dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century.
"And as a result of the fact that they were gonna lose untold millions of dollars because sponsors were pulling out left and right," he said. "As a result of the fact that they had unbearable financial pressure applied to them, Dan Snyder simply had no choice, deserves no credit and a moment that could've been forward-looking and good for the organization, instead is a moment where, 'Yeah, finally.'"
Kellerman has long held a stance against Washington's previous team name and certainly didn't hold back with his comments, at one point referring to Snyder as a toddler. This goes in line with what ESPN's Marc Spears said when asked his thoughts on the team's name change.
"This is simple, it's financial pressure," Spears said. "This is not a new conversation, either. "I want people to understand that. I understand what's going on in the country with unrest and social justice issues and all of the things that are transpiring outside publicly. And obviously it would be a bad look for the Washington Redskins to be tone-deaf to actually what's happening in the United States of America. But, with that being said, it's two names that got this changed: FedEx and Nike."
In the end, Kellerman acknowledged that while he believes the entire situation reflects poorly upon Snyder and the organization, there are significant positives to take away from it all.
"What it reflects is a kind of very bad situation for the Washington franchise in terms of ownership, but a very good message that public opinion finally, has shifted to the point that enormous pressure is being brought to bear to if not do the right thing, at least not do the terribly wrong thing," Kellerman said.
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