The Washington Redskins continue to face mounting pressure about a name change as the national dialogue around race continues throughout the country.
- On Wednesday, Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo all received letters from 87 investment firms and shareholders to cut ties with the Redskins unless the team changes its name, according to ESPN.
- Native American leaders also want the team to change the name, which has existed since 1933.
- Per ESPN, investors said in the letter: “However, Nike continues to provide uniforms and equipment to the Washington, D.C., NFL football team which bears the logo and name.”
- Officials told team owner Dan Snyder that the team can’t build a new stadium at the federally-owned location at RFK Stadium unless they change the team name, according to The Washington Post.
- D.C. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio: “There is no viable path, locally or federally, for the Washington football team to return to Washington, D.C., without first changing the team name.”
- U.S. Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.): “The time (for the name) has ended. There is no way to justify it. You either step into this century or you don’t.”
So will it happen?
- According to ESPN, Snyder has been pretty stubborn about a name change. The owner said “the name really means honor, respect. We sing, ‘Hail to the Redskins.’ We don’t say hurt anybody. We say, ‘Hail to the Redskins. Braves on the warpath. Fight for old D.C.’”