Washington Redskins aim to change name before season starts

Washington Redskins aim to change name before season starts

Cologne. A new name for the Washington Redskins before the start of the new American football season would be great, according to trainer Ron Rivera. He’s been talking to owner Daniel Snyder about it for over a month, Rivera told the Washington Post on Saturday.

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The Washington Redskins logo.

The Washington Redskins from the US football professional league NFL are aiming for a name change if possible before the start of the season. “If we make it in time for the season, it would be great,” said new head coach Ron Rivera of the Washington Post. Discussions about the possible change had been going on with team owner Dan Snyder for more than a month. The season in the NFL is expected to start on September 10.

On Friday, the NFL team announced an “in-depth investigation” in response to another wave of criticism and pressure from sponsors. In the wake of the racism debate in the United States after the violent death of African American George Floyd, the discussions had been rekindled. Critics see the team name as racist and as a slander against Native Americans.

“We came up with a couple of names – I like two of them very much,” said Rivera, without giving any detailed information. The new name should respect the culture and traditions of the Native Americans and be a tribute to the military. Snyder, who had often campaigned for the name to be retained, was also behind the decision.


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