FedEx Field

In this Dec. 9, 2018, file photo, FedEx Field is less than full during the second half of an NFL football game between the Washington NFl team and the New York Giants in Landover, Md. 

The Washington Redskins are undergoing a “thorough review” of their nickname.

The team, which is headquartered and practices in Ashburn, said Friday it has been talking to the NFL for weeks about the subject. In a statement, the team said recent events around the U.S. and feedback from the community prompted the formal review.

“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” owner Dan Snyder said.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “In the last few weeks, we have had ongoing discussions with Dan, and we are supportive of this important step.”

The recent national debate over racism renewed calls for the franchise to change the name, and sponsors this week started mounting their own pressure. Investors this week wrote to FedEx, PepsiCo and other sponsors asking them to request a change.

FedEx, the title sponsor of the Redskins’ stadium in Landover, Maryland, said Thursday, “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.” On Thursday night, Nike appeared to remove all Redskins gear from its online store. Nike did not respond to multiple messages seeking comment.

Coach Ron Rivera, who said in a recent radio interview now is not the time to discuss the name, called it “an issue of personal importance.” Rivera said he’d work closely with Snyder during the process.

Washington mayor Muriel Bowser said recently the name was an “obstacle” to the team building a stadium in the District. The current lease at FedEx Field expires in 2027, and the old RFK Stadium site in Washington is one of several options for the team’s new headquaters, along with locations in Maryland and Virginia.

Experts and advocates have called the name a “dictionary-defined racial slur.” Until this point, Snyder has shown no willingness to consider a change.

The team in late June removed racist founder George Preston Marshall from its Ring of Fame. A monument to him was also removed from the RFK Stadium site.

(51) comments

Notalib

Call them something liberals.need more of, The Tough Skins!!

amerigirl

There is something wrong with fascists who even have to make a name for a team political. Get a life

WisdomGuidedByExperience

The Tuskegee airmen had red tails on their fighter planes, so perhaps the Red Tails would be good name with a leather helmeted black pilot as the helmet logo.

scottva

Ok, so when are all you Liberals going to start a petition to have the name of Yale University changed? After all, Yale was named after a slave owner. Perhaps Yale will be your exception since it is a radical Liberal institution.

amerigirl

Liberals? Is there nothing that you can't blame on liberals? You are out of touch with reality.

scottva

Ah, I'm not blaming Liberals for the name of Yale University but I do blame them for the radical cancel culture and political correctness. Present day Yale is a notorious Liberal University AG, it's not a big secret.

amerigirl

Scott, what I am saying is that an individual started a petition and you are blaming all liberals.

Lawman

I needed some oxygen when this came out. We been fighting this racist name for years. After Washington’s last Super Bowl, When the original law suit was filed, a hex was put on the Team. Look at the history of bad breaks and disfunction. After the killing of George Floyd, we renewed our efforts. But the money people said enough is enough. Folks I keep telling you, this Revolution is being televised. Lift Every Voice and Sing. We win again.

AshburnRez

Can someone translate this to English?

David Dickinson

Yeah, and the hex's name is Dan Snyder.

CJ

@David Dickinson, Lift Every Voice and Sing is not a BLM anthem; the song was written in 1919 well before BLM.

Lawman

Agreed

David Dickinson

Nothing is worthy of being played alongside the National Anthem of the United States of America. And it is being advertised as the BLM anthem.

LetSanityPrevail

Given the way they have been playing the last 20:years I think they should rename them the Washington Deadskins...

amerigirl

You got that!

ellisaana

They could change their mascot and image to a potato.

btm11

You can keep the name if you change your "mascot" from Native Americans to redskin potatoes.

amerigirl

LOL

CindyLou

oh hark the whiners will all be coming out over this....I thought that all the Republican Trump supporters were done with the NFL when Colin was kneeling? Apparently, not. This should finish you all off for sure. HA!

scottva

Another meaningful comment from CindyWHO.

BigDaddyVA

Well, NASCAR also banned the traitorous confederate flag they fetishize so much. Soon these mouthbreathing chuckleheads won’t have any sports to follow.

Voltaire

BigDaddyVA--like making baseless unwarranted assumptions do we? Your whole argument is a blanket characterization and not valid. How do you know that EVERYONE who watches NASCAR is a Trump supporter? Do you have any proof to back that claim? No, you don't but don't let me stop you from continuing on a tirade that is unsupportable. BTW, throwing out insulting names does little or nothing to substantiate your argument and makes you look like a juvenile.

Voltaire

Cindy Lou--here is a news flash for you. There were individuals who were Democrats, yes Democrats who voted for President Trump in 2016. Also, there were Independents who voted for President Trump in 2016. Also, looking at it from the other side, there were Republicans who voted for Clinton in 2016. So, your assumption is flawed.

suneday44

Can’t help but think the most intense people on this change have had the darkest hearts. The pure of heart have not and still don’t have negative emotions about the name or native Americans.

Voltaire

Suneday44--how do you know that? You don't and are making an assumption without any collaboration. There are Native Americans who are hurt/angry about the use of the "Redskins" and they don't have "darkest hearts". As for the motivations of Corporate America, I think that they are doing this to try to appease the masses and that is their corporate decision, whether it is right or wrong is subjective/debatable.

jke

Remove Washington and call them the Redskins!

amerigirl

Still the same thing

David Dickinson

With the NFL announcing they are going to play the Black Lives Matter anthem along with the Star Spangled Banner, they can name the team the Washington Kiss My A.. I'm not watching anymore. In fact, with all the sports being offline this year, it is kind of nice. What a giant waste of time and human talent.

AshburnRez

Agreed, David. Playing a Racial Anthem instead of a National Anthem only promotes more division, not unity. We've already been down the "separate but equal" path and look where it got us. One nation, one anthem.

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Voltaire

Lawman--this is the pot calling the kettle black. You, in your comment, are making a conclusion that is clearly not supportable. For the record, not everyone who is white is (a) ignorant and (b) never research anything. There are lots of other ethnic groups that also fall under that standard. But don't let that stop you any.

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amerigirl

If so it shouldn't represent the US. Separation of church and state

amerigirl

scottva David Dickinson workhardgetahead you guys can’t even stay on subject abut sports, very sad. [offtopic][huh][offtopic]

amerigirl

Racial Anthem???

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Voltaire

LoudounClear—OK, who exactly is this “We” that you are referring? Did someone appoint you to the post of spokesperson for everyone in this country? Get off the moral high horse. The last time that I checked, the United States of America is still a democratic/capitalistic country. Planning to change that? You like the concept of re-education camps and other authoritarian type methods/techniques, then maybe you should move to the Russian Federation or the People’s Republic of China or Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. As to the statement about “rehabilitation” of the SS, many of these individuals were tried/convicted/executed by both the West and the Soviet Union after the war. A refresher in World War II history looks to be in order.

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workhardgetahead

LC, Russia, SS, make up your mind. What are we Trump supporters. It seems to me you are the facist. The ones going around rioting, looting, knocking over statues of Abe Lincoln George Washington and Christopher Columbus and defunding the cops. You dont like America? The.get out you Marxist Communist "Papa Oscar Sierra"

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David Dickinson

Don't ever forget. The SS was part of the National Socialist German Labor Party. Guess whose side of the aisle socialist labor falls on my dear leftist comrade?

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scottva

You're a day late and a dollar short, LCPS has already begun with the reeducation camps.

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Voltaire

Scottva--can you prove that statement about LCPS conducting "re-education camps"? To quote a line from the movie Robocop: "those are serious charges....what is your evidence?"

Lawman

David Dickerson as the Rock use to say on WWE, who cares what you think!!

Voltaire

The same argument can be reversed Lawman.

David Dickinson

You do enough to reply.

Voltaire

David Dickinson--not really. Nice try.

Loudoun4Trump

The Washington Bureaucrats.....that would be a better name for them....huge payroll with zero results....

Voltaire

L4T--I like your proposed name for the team. What would the mascot be?

Loudoun4Trump

Thinking a hammer and sickle....its where our government is taking us anyways....

Chris McHale

Perhaps a swamp thing.

JayZ

I think we might change the name of the Redskins to something like the Americans or the United’s . Maybe that would also change their luck!!!

amerigirl

JayZ, nothing could make it any worse.

Boo Radley

Rich Uncle Pennybags (Monopoly Man). Bureaucrats is a great idea, however, the Washington Redtape should be given some consideration.

Lawman

Loudoun4Dump, although I think you are an idiot, you nailed that one. Broken clock you hit one of your twice a day.

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amerigirl

HAH and he's still doing better than you!

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