Thursday July 23, 2020
In the wake of the racism debate in the USA, the NFL team from Washington decides to drop its nickname “Redskins”. The profile of an indigenous person in the logo also disappears. A new name is needed. After the presentation of an interim solution, fans are storming the Internet.
The Washington Redskins from the US professional league NFL take their name off with immediate effect and will temporarily serve as Washington Football Team in the new season. The club announced on Thursday in a message. The franchise had recently announced the change of its much-criticized club name and now decided on an interim solution.
The move frees Washington to search for a new name. Apparently the time before the opening game on September 13 against the Philadelphia Eagles was too short for those responsible. Until the first game of the season, the name Redskins (“red skins”) is nowhere to be read. The team colors burgundy and gold remain untouched, the Twitter account has already been changed.
“This is a joke”
The idea was not well received by the fans. “This is a joke,” wrote one user on Twitter, another commented: “An incompetent team does what it can do best.” Another asked, “And is that really the best thing that came to your mind?” Aiming at the interim solution, one user quipped, “It must feel so good to be the marketing officer for the Redskins. You just got a one-year extension for your biggest project.”
The Redskins logo will also disappear, showing a native of the USA in profile. The club recently announced that majority owners Daniel Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera are already working on a new name and design. Major League Baseball (MLB) Cleveland Indians are also considering a name change. Club owner Paul Dolan said on Thursday that he would like to talk about it with leaders of the Indian community.
He wants to “understand better” the view of his interlocutors, says Dolan, he also wants to listen to players, fans, partners and employees. The Indians had removed the club logo with the Indian “Chief Wahoo” after the 2018 season.