The Washington Redskins are reconsidering their team name.
After years of fielding requests to do so, the owner of the team said on Friday (July 3) that the NFL team is launching a review of its name.
The news also comes as sponsor FedEx announced on Thursday (July 2) that they requested the team to operate under a different name.
“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,” they said in a statement, via Variety.
There is no further information regarding a timeline or a guaranteed change of name, but it’s significant because the request was declined for years, despite the slang reference to Native Americans that the team uses facing significant backlash for being offensive.
“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,” said owner Dan Snyder.
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