The football team in Washington D.C. has long faced scrutiny over its Redskins team nickname. In the wake of one of the biggest social uprisings in decades, that issue has been put under the microscope yet again.
And there’s starting to be cracks in the team’s armor.
And here it is: the Redskins are undergoing a thorough review of the team’s name.
And let’s be clear: There’s no review if there’s no change coming.
Redskins on way out. pic.twitter.com/ZrS3cCvhMg
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 3, 2020
Washington’s owner Daniel Snyder has been a steadfast defender of the team’s name, which many find offensive as it represents a highly insensitive portrayal of Native Americans.
The team has recently lost numerous sponsorship deals over their name, and more and more companies are speaking out against it. Specifically, Nike (the NFL’s official uniform outfitter) has publicly come out in favor of a name change.
A press release was put out by the team on Friday. The statement quotes Snyder as saying:
“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.”
The team hired Ron Rivera as their new head coach this offseason and replaced their team president. The club is coming off a 2019 season that saw them finish last in the NFC East with a 3-13 record.