WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins are formally taking a hard look at their team name as many decry the name as racist against Native Americans, multiple sources confirmed.
Here is the full statement from the team:
In light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community, the Washington Redskins are announcing the team will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name. This review formalizes the initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks.
Dan Snyder, Owner of the Washington Redskins, stated, “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.”
Ron Rivera, Head Coach of the Washington Redskins, remarked, “This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our Military.”
We believe this review can and will be conducted with the best interest of all in mind.
As pressure mounts, the D.C. could be closer than ever to changing their name. At Disco Sports in Henrico, Redskins’ merchandise remains visible — for now.
“Come and get it while it lasts is basically what we think because you know if they play football, it’s probably gonna look different.”
Terry Price is Chief of the Wolf Creek Cherokee Tribe and told 8News while he understands the controversy behind the name, he isn’t personally offended by it. For Price, the name preserves a history, that’s not often talked about.
“If you start taking away everything that’s got a native part on it, then some of that could actually die out,” Price said. “A lot of people look at say it’s native stuff and they look toward other natives for different things. If you start taking everything away, you start losing the history a little bit.”
Prince believes the name should start important conversations, hopefully leading to a more educated community.
“Some things absolutely have to be changed because they’re very prejudice,” Price added. “You’ve got some crazy stuff on TV. Crazy Indian cowboy cartoons and all that stuff like that. A lot of it really is prejudice but there’s a lot of things that should be studied on, and for people to learn.”
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