Trump Tweets about Washington NFL Team and Cleveland MLB Team Name Changes
Jul 10 2020
Last week, the Washington DC-based team said it would be reviewing its name following demands from sponsors.
The company also threatened distributors that failure to remove Redskins merchandise could result in the cancellation of accounts.
Walmart, Target, Dick's Sporting Goods, and Nike have halted the sale of Washington Redskins merchandise as the team undergoes an evaluation of its name, bowing to corporate pressure.
Dan Snyder, the owner of the team, said last week that the organization is now reviewing the name.
Meanwhile, Adam Schefter of ESPN has tweeted: "In their discussions about a potential new name, Washington is planning to have no Native American imagery, per a league source".
The Redskins' decision came after FedEx, which paid 205 million U.S. dollars for naming rights to the team's stadium, and other corporate partners called for the team to change its nickname.
President Donald Trump has criticised two USA sports teams that are considering name changes in the wake of a national reckoning over racial injustice and inequality. Yes, that's right, after years of hubris and claims of never wanting to change the name, it looks like Snyder is finally going to pull the plug on one of the most racist names in the history of sports.
The Redskins play in Landover, Maryland.
Asked by "Today" host Craig Melvin on Wednesday whether he acknowledged the name was a slur, Hogan said "absolutely".
While the president appears to think American Indians find the review process offensive, Native American advocates such as the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) praised the movement towards changing the name of the Washington franchise.
Snyder had been steadfast against changing the name on several occasions since buying the team in 1999.