The era of social change and racial sensitivity might inspire sports teams in Cleveland and Washington, DC to change their names. Sure, some say these are changes that are long overdue, but others say it’s unnecessary bending to political correctness. In Cleveland, the Indians are taking steps to “further examine and consider the future” to “make a positive impact” in the community and their “responsibility to advance social justice and equality.”
That move came just hours after Dan Snyder and the Washington Redskins released a statement of their own saying, the Redskins say ownership is “undergo a thorough review of the team’s name” in light of “recent events around the country.” Snyder says the team’s “proud tradition and history” will be taken into account, along with “input from alumni, the organization, sponsors, the NFL, and the local community.” The way ESPN’s Adam Schefter sees it, there would be no “review” if change weren’t coming.
To that end,if you look at Nike’s website and search “NFL,” you’ll see every team represented in their drop-down menu…except the Washington Redskins. Apparently, that change reportedly occurred just hours after the Redskins released their statement. Still, many think it’s a long-shot to think the Redskins would make a change to a name so deeply associated with losing though,even if Snyder is the owner.
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