WASHINGTON — The Washington Redskins are formally taking a hard look at their team name as many decry the name as racist against Native Americans, ESPN confirmed.
In a statement, the Washington Redskins say the team has been having discussions with the league in recent weeks, and this announcement comes following “recent events around our country.”
“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,” said Ron Rivera. Rivera is the current head coach of the Washington Redskins after he left the Carolina Panthers earlier this year.
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.