Dan Snyder has felt strain earlier than as proprietor of the Washington Redskins, however not like this. There have lengthy been requires Snyder to vary the identify of the group from what’s considered as a racial slur towards Native Americans, however he is persistently refused to take action, at one level going so far as to say it will “never” occur. That was then, nevertheless, and that is now., a wiping of the mascot and identify from Nike’s on-line database, and the request by FedEx CEO Frederick Smith — who can be a minority proprietor in Snyder’s franchise in addition to head of the corporate that sponsors the group’s residence stadium — Snyder is softening his stance.
He’ll now open up the ground internally for an official assessment of the identify, per an official press launch from the membership, which strongly hints on the probability of a looming identify change.
“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, proprietor of the Washington Redskins, acknowledged, ‘This course of permits the group to consider not solely the proud custom and historical past of the franchise, but additionally enter from our alumni, the group, sponsors, the National Football League and the area people it’s proud to characterize on and off the sector.
“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 imagine this assessment can and will probably be carried out with the very best curiosity of all in thoughts.”
This marks the primary time Snyder has been open to such discussions. This consideration follows the homicide of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police, social injustice has fueled international protests and the tearing down or removing of racially-charged statues across the U.S. — one in every of which being that of Washington’s first group proprietor, George Preston Marshall. Snyder has taken the added step to decide to wiping Marshall from the group altogether, however requires a reputation change have hit fever pitch and easily erasing Marshall hasn’t curbed them.
While this press launch does not assure a change is on the horizon, the logic is that if Washington had been going to stay with the present identify — they probably would not have to open the ground to an intensive assessment course of (for the primary time within the group’s historical past because it pertains to the identify/mascot). Time will inform if it happens, and what the brand new identify could be, in addition to what course of could be in Snyder and minority homeowners like Smith would use to find out it, however what’s clear is something that does or doesn’t happen will embody as many significant voices as doable; versus Snyder merely placing his foot down as he has previously on the difficulty.