After mounting pressure, Washington’s NFL franchise drops its team name

"Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review."

  • By Brakkton Booker/NPR

(Washington) — The NFL’s Washington, D.C.-based franchise says it is officially retiring the moniker it has had for the past 87 years, which is widely viewed as a slur against Native Americans.

“Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review,” the team said in a statement Monday.

“That review has begun in earnest,” it said. “As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward.”

The team did not announce what the new name would be. It said team owner Dan Snyder and head coach Ron Rivera are working together to develop a new name.

The name change, while widely expected, gained momentum following the franchise’s announcement on July 3 it would “undergo a thorough review” of the team’s name.

“This review formalizes the internal discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks,” the statement read.

Rivera said in an interview published July 4 that he and Snyder had been brainstorming replacement names.

“We came up with a couple of names — two of them I really like,” Rivera told The Washington Post. He said that he wants the new name to be both respectful to the culture of Native Americans and also pay homage to the U.S. military.

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins watches a play on the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J.

Adam Hunger / AP Photo

Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins watches a play on the field during the second half of an NFL football game against the New York Giants, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J.

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