The Washington NFL franchise announced on Monday that it had the name and logo of the & # 39; Redskins & # 39; is dropped immediately, and bends over decades of criticism for insulting Native Americans.
A name has yet to be chosen for one of the oldest and most famous teams in the National Football League, and it remains unclear how quickly this will happen. But at the moment the most polarizing name in North American professional sports has disappeared in a time of reckoning over racial injustice, iconography and racism in the USA.
The move took place less than two weeks after owner Dan Snyder, a team youth fan who once said he would never get rid of the name, launched a "thorough review" under sponsor pressure. FedEx, Nike, Pepsi and Bank of America all opposed the name given to the franchise in 1933 when the team was still based in Boston.
In this file photo dated December 15, 2019, Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins warms up before an NFL soccer game in Landover, Maryland. A new name had to be chosen for the Washington Redskins football team, one of the oldest and most famous in the National Football League, and it was unclear how quickly this would happen
Rodes Johnson, of Chesapeake, Virginia, is sitting in his truck in front of FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, when his favorite NFL team announced that it would remove "Redskins" from his name
Hand-painted concrete barriers surround FedEx Field, home of the former Redskins
Redskin's owner Daniel Snyder previously said he was not open to a name change
An employee tows a sign outside the FedEx Field Hall of Fame Store
In their statement, the team said it was "withdrawing" the name and logo and that Snyder and trainer Ron Rivera were working closely together to develop a new name and design.
"Today we announce that we will withdraw the Redskins name and logo after this review is completed," the team said in a statement.
"Dan Snyder and Coach [Ron] Rivera work closely together to develop a new name and design approach that strengthens the reputation of our proud, traditional franchise and inspires our sponsors, fans and the community for the next 100 years."
Proponents and Native American experts have long criticized what they call "dictionary-defined racial fraud". Over a dozen local leaders and organizations wrote to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week calling for an immediate end to Washington's use of the name. Goodell, who has been asking questions on the subject for years, said he supports the review.
A Washington Redskins fan prepares for the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 12, 2004 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland
Protests against the name came from Snyder, who bought the team in 1999, and until now he had shown no willingness to think about a change.
Strong words from sponsors – including a company led by a minority stake in the team – changed the equation.
FedEx announced earlier this month as the first sponsor that it had asked the organization to change the name, which is particularly important given that CEO Frederick Smith owns part of the team.
FedEx also paid $ 205 million for long-term naming rights to the team's stadium in Landover, Maryland.
The FedEx Field lease expires in 2027, and deleting the name opens various opportunities for the team's new stadium and headquarters in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington.
District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said the name was an "obstacle" to the Snyder building on the old site of the RFK Stadium, which was probably his preference.
Long-time Washington Redskins fan, Rodney Johnson, points to a magnet that says "Keep the Name" on his Redskins-themed pickup
Long-time Washington Redskins fan Carol Booth from Maryland takes a selfie in front of a Washington Redskins logo in front of the Hall of Fame Store in FedEx Field
Philip Martin McCaulay, a man, has registered trademarks for eight possible new team names
A common suggestion among fans on social media was the Redwolves or Red Wolves
The team has indicated that it will honor the U.S. military in some way with the name change
Fans have offered several options, including the Red Wolves and the RedTails, the latter relating to the Tuskegee Airmen that flew for the U.S. Air Force in World War II.
Minneapolis, Minnesota, rally against racism, protest against the name of the Washington Redskins
A man named Philip Martin McCaulay has already registered trademarks for RedTails, Red Wolves, and various other options, which might explain why Snyder's team wasn't ready to announce a new team name on Monday. McCaulay informed the Daily Mail that the team has had no contact with him since Monday afternoon.
In a statement, the Navajo nation proposed changing the name to "Code Talkers," which is another reference to World War II.
"The Washington-based NFL team has officially announced the resignation of the racist and derogatory" Redskins "team by name and logo," the statement said.
& # 39; For generations, this team name and logo have misrepresented the true story and events that define the term "Redskins".
Renaming the team to "Code Talker" in honor of the Navajo Code Talker and other tribal nations who used their sacred language to win World War II would put the team on a path to restoring its reputation and historical misrepresentation of indigenous peoples correct. & # 39;
In this file photo dated October 24, 2019, Native American leaders are protesting the name of the Redskins team before an NFL soccer game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Washington Redskins in Minneapolis in front of the US Bank Stadium
Adam Schefter of ESPN previously reported that the team will not be using one. & # 39;Native American images & # 39; taking on a new name and logo.
Washington has recently begun to cut ties with racist founder George Preston Marshall, remove his name from the Ring of Fame, and rename the lower bowl at FedEx Field to the team's first black player, the late Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell.
A parody Twitter account made fun of fans who are committed to a team that has seen a constant change in the squad from year to year
Marshall, who renamed the Boston Braves the Redskins in 1933 and moved them to DC four years later, was a segregationist and the last NFL owner to integrate his team. The current logo shows the profile of an Indian with a red face and feathers in his hair.
Events DC, a Washington-based sports sponsor, recently removed a Marshall memorial.
Washington has long been away from the glory days of winning Super Bowl titles in 1982, 1987, and 1991 under coach Joe Gibbs, and has had only five playoff games in 21 years and no off-season wins since 2005. Since Robert, the team has lacked a nationally marketable player, Griffin III's short-lived fame, and the 2020 schedule doesn't include prime time games for a franchise that used to be a tie.
A new branding with a new name and logo – and perhaps the same colors in burgundy and gold – combined with the handover of the football business to Rivera could be a blessing for Snyder on and off the field. Even if part of the fan base defied changing the name of the tradition, winning would more than make up for these losses.
One user suggested the team change their name to Washington Redwolves
A Twitter user suggested that other teams like the Dallas Cowboys might also consider changing the name
Some online users were not happy and the upcoming Redskins name change