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The name Redskins proves too controversial for Australian candy company

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The name Redskins proves too controversial for Australian candy company

The candy company Nestle is rebranding "Redskins and "Chicos" candy over concerns about the racist overtones of the names. 

In a statement posted to Facebook by Allen's, the subsidiary of Nestle that produces the candy, the company said the names were "out of step with our values."

"At Allen’s we are about creating smiles," the statement read. "Today we announced that we will change the name of Red Skins and Chicos lollies. This decision acknowledges the need to keep creating smiles, ensuring that nothing we do marginalises our friends, neighbours and colleagues, or is out of step with our values. We haven’t finalised the new names, but we’ll keep you posted."

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In the wake of protests over George Floyd's death and institutional racism in America, a number of other brands have announced similar moves as Nestle. 

The decision comes as politicians including New York's Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser have called for the Washington football team to change its name. 

"I think it's past time for the team to deal with [a name that] offends so many people," Bowser said earlier this month. "And this is a great franchise with a great history that's beloved in history and it deserves a name that reflects the affection that we feel for the team."

The Washington Post and USA TODAY also published op-eds in the past week calling for the team to change its name.

The Redskins football team has not spoken publicly about the name. In 2013, team owner Dan Snyder told USA TODAY Sports he would never change the name.

 

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Washington is reportedly bringing in a six-year veteran receiver to help fill out the offense

Washington is reportedly bringing in a six-year veteran receiver to help fill out the offense

Washington's group of receivers is about to become a lot more experienced and a little deeper thanks to a pending Monday signing.

To help fill out one of the weaker areas on the roster, the team is reportedly going to bring in Dontrelle Inman, according to Ian Rapoport. Inman's physical, which Rapoport says should be completed soon, is the last step of the transaction.

The 31-year-old will immediately become the oldest option at the position, taking that designation away from the 27-year-old Cody Latimer. Ron Rivera has explained multiple times this offseason how he wants at least one established pro on the outside to help lead up-and-comers like Terry McLaurin, Steven Sims and Antonio Gandy-Golden. For now, Inman looks like he'll be the guy for that role.

Last year, Inman caught 12 passes for 181 yards in seven total games (three with the Colts and four with the Chargers). His best output came in 2016 with then-San Diego, when he posted 58 receptions for 810 yards and four scores.

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The focus for Inman will now be catching up on Scott Turner's playbook. If he's able to do that, he could have a real shot at sticking with Washington for 2020, especially with Latimer currently on the Commissioner's Exempt list and Kelvin Harmon recovering from a torn ACL.

In fact, it doesn't even feel that crazy to say Inman could eventually be in the mix for a starting spot, considering how unproven the other in-house choices are.

At the very least, the signing gives the Washington Football Team someone who's shown they can be productive in the NFL. That's a pretty low bar for an August move, of course, but it's also just the reality of what Rivera and Turner are working with on offense right now. 

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Before and after shot of Dwayne Haskins shows Washington QB's offseason transformation

Before and after shot of Dwayne Haskins shows Washington QB's offseason transformation

If there's one thing driving the Dwayne Haskins hype train for the 2020 season, it's the young quarterback's transformation this summer. 

Haskins reportedly lost 11 pounds from his rookie season, dropped his body fat percentage by 7% and worked out with just about every NFL player under the sun to prepare for his first season as a starter. 

As Washington continues its training camp, a fan posted side-by-side pictures of Haskins taken a year apart. The difference is quite noticeable. 

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Haskins, an active Twitter user, then responded to the fan seemingly with his mindset heading into his second season. 

We still have to wait and see if Haskins' offseason work translates to the field, and without preseason games we'll have to wait a bit longer. 

But if his on-field performance mirrors his offseason improvements, Washington football fans may be in for a fun year. 

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