At long last inevitability caught up to the Washington football team as the organization announced Monday it would change the team name from Redskins to something new.
The move comes after significant upheaval in the last month that forced Washington owner Dan Snyder to weigh keeping the name against losing corporate sponsors like FedEx, Nike and Pepsi.
Eventually, the weight of those corporations combined with the outpouring of social justice demands throughout the country in response to the murder of George Floyd in May became too much to withstand.
In 2013, Snyder famously said he would “never” change the team name despite mounting criticism from Native Americans and their allies. By 2020, that mindset abated.
The new name remains to be determined. In a statement, the organization said:
“On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team’s name. That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward."
"Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review."
"Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years.”
For more than 80 seasons the Washington football team went by Redskins. 2020 is a year of extreme change, and eventually, the Redskins past could not keep distance from the present.
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