By Nicholas Brady
After years of controversy regarding the name of their football team, the Washington Redskins announced in a July 13 press release that the team will be retiring their name and logo after conducting an internal review.
The franchise began as the Boston Braves in 1932 before a name change to the Boston Redskins in 1933. The team kept the name when they moved to the nation’s capital in 1937.
“Redskin” is traditionally a racial slur used for Native Americans. The long-standing call for the team to change their name once again came into the spotlight amid the ongoing protests against racial injustice sparked by the death of George Floyd on May 25.
In the last few days, FedEx, who owns the naming rights to the team’s stadium, requested the franchise to change their name and logo. Amazon also pulled all the team’s jerseys off their site.
The pressure from sponsors and NFL fans across the nation led Redskins owner Dan Snyder, who once said he would never change the team’s name, to reverse course.
Rumors of possible names have been floating around the past few weeks include: Senators, Warriors or possibly taking the name of a specific Native American tribe.
With NFL teams scheduled to start training camp in late July, we could see the name and logo change revealed in the next few weeks.
Featured image by Gage Sutton.