Washington Redskins

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Team Mired in Controversy Has an NFL First

Washington Football Team makes Jason Wright the league's first Black team president

(Newser) - It's another notable move on race from the team now known , at least temporarily, as the Washington Football Team. Owner Dan Snyder has made former player Jason Wright the league's first Black team president, reports ABC News . "I think first and foremost it's obviously very personal...

Washington's NFL Team Settles on Temporary Name

It will be the 'Washington Football Team' for this season

(Newser) - Washington's NFL franchise still hasn't settled on a new name , and training camp opens in a matter of days. What to do? The team announced Thursday that it will go by the functional if uninspiring "Washington Football Team" for the 2020 season, reports ESPN . That will give...

WaPo Drops a New Bombshell on Redskins

17 women come forward to detail sexual harassment by team executives

(Newser) - Fifteen women who used to work for the Washington Redskins are coming forward to reveal sexual harassment they suffered while working for the NFL team. The allegations span from 2006 to 2019, and they include unwanted sexual comments or sexual overtures, unwanted touching, and directives to dress revealingly or flirt...

Odds Are Out on New Redskins Names

Redtails is a leading contender

(Newser) - As fans wait to hear what Washington will call its NFL team, people who don't own the franchise have placed their bets on possible names. The current favorite of online oddsmakers is a tweak: "Redtails." At 3/1, that name has a 25% chance of being the winner,...

Redskins: Yes, We're Changing Our Name

But new one has not been revealed

(Newser) - The Washington Redskins will indeed drop the team name, but no word yet on the replacement. The team on Monday confirmed reports in multiple outlets—including ESPN , USA Today , and Sports Business Daily —that the name was going away. It's not clear when the new one will be...

Amazon Is Pulling All Washington Redskins Merch

NFL team is reviewing its racist name

(Newser) - Amazon will stop selling Washington Redskins merchandise after the football team said it would undergo a review of its name , which is considered a racial slur, the AP reports. The Seattle-based online shopping giant informed sellers Wednesday morning that it would be pulling Redskins merchandise from its online marketplace. Other...

NFL Team Takes Step Toward New Name

Owner has said it would never happen, but brands have told Washington to make a change

(Newser) - After decades of saying they'll never change a team name considered by many to be a slur against Native Americans, the Washington Redskins announced Friday they'll reconsider. People familiar with the team's talks with NFL officials, including Commissioner Roger Goodell, said a process is being set up...

Investors Pressure Team for Name Change

FedEx asks Washington owner, who has refused before, to agree

(Newser) - Dan Snyder said in 2013 that he would never change the name of his Washington Redskins. But the NFL team owner is facing a new level of pressure, administered by 87 investment firms and shareholders worth a total of $620 billion. They've asked Nike, FedEx and PepsiCo to end...

WaPo to Redskins Owner: 'Change the Name. NOW'

Editorial board says if Dan Snyder won't do it, the NFL should

(Newser) - The Washington Post editorial board is calling on Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change his football club's name. Under the headline "Change the Name of the Washington NFL Team. Now," the newspaper says in an editorial posted online Friday that if Snyder won’t switch the...

Please, Daniel Snyder, It's Time to Budge

Ditch the 'Redskins' name, writes columnist Barry Svrluga

(Newser) - Washington Post sportswriter Barry Svrluga has long disliked the name "Redskins," which is a problem when you have to write about the team for a living. As a result, he came up with a solution of sorts: Refer to the full team name on first reference, then call...

911 Call Leads to NFL Player's Arrest

Cody Latimer is already out on a $25K bond

(Newser) - A Washington Redskins player is facing five charges, including felony illegal discharge of a firearm, following his arrest in a Denver suburb Saturday morning, the AP reports. The Douglas County sheriff's office says deputies arrested 27-year-old Cody Latimer after responding to a report just after midnight of shots fired...

10 Ex-NFL Players Charged With Health Care Fraud

Justice Department says they submitted false claims to reimbursement plan

(Newser) - Ten former NFL players have been charged with defrauding the league's health care benefit program, the Justice Department said Thursday. They include five former players on the Washington Redskins, including Clinton Portis and Carlos Rogers, the AP reports. Prosecutors allege the players targeted the Gene Upshaw NFL Player Health...

NFL Quarterback Misses Final Play to Take Selfie

Dwayne Haskins was AWOL during last snap

(Newser) - Washington Redskins quarterback Dwayne Haskins celebrated his first victory as a starter Sunday by taking a selfie with a fan. One problem: The game wasn't over yet. With two seconds left in the fourth quarter, the Redskins had to bring backup quarterback Case Keenum onto the field to take...

Protest Greets Redskins

Demonstrators call name more hurtful than 'Braves' or 'Indians'

(Newser) - Several hundred people marched Thursday to the Minneapolis stadium where the Vikings and Redskins were to play hours later in protest of Washington's team name. "We are not your mascot!" the crowd chanted as passing drivers honked their support and a drummers’ circle in the back of...

Super Bowl MVP Charged With Domestic Violence

Former Redskins quarterback Mark Rypien is accused

(Newser) - Former Super Bowl hero Mark Rypien has been arrested in Washington state on suspicion of domestic violence, per the AP . Police say Rypien faces a charge of fourth-degree assault. The 56-year-old was processed at the Spokane County Jail around 6:30pm Sunday and was awaiting a court appearance Monday. Rypien...

Most-Hated Firm in America Has 'String of PR Disasters'

Facebook really gets our goat, per 24/7 Wall St.

(Newser) - The opposite of love may be indifference, but hate is what Americans harbor for the companies that annoy, enrage, and frustrate them. And those firms fall in a variety of sectors, per 24/7 Wall St ., which ranked the most loathed companies in the country based on consumer surveys, data from...

QB's Gruesome Injury Came Exactly 33 Years After a Famous One

Joe Theismann saw Alex Smith's leg snap

(Newser) - Former Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann was horrified when current Redskins quarterback Alex Smith broke his leg in Sunday's 23-21 loss against the Houston Texans—especially when he realized it was 33 years to the day since he suffered the same gruesome injury . Theismann was watching from a suite at...

Redskins Cheerleaders Describe Uneasy Photo Shoot

Tell 'NYT' that obligations with sponsors, suite holders left them uncomfortable on 2013 trip

(Newser) - There's some disagreement about what went down when the Washington Redskins cheerleading squad traveled to Costa Rica in 2013. According to the five unnamed women Juliet Macur spoke to for the New York Times , the trip ended up feeling exploitative. They were at the Occidental Grand Papagayo resort for...

Cleveland Indians Ditching 'Chief Wahoo' Logo

Team will wear the controversial design for one more season

(Newser) - Chief Wahoo's days are numbered. The Cleveland Indians will remove the controversial logo of a caricatured Indian brave's face as of the 2019 season, reports the AP . That means the logo, which has been used since 1947 but is today deemed racist by Native American groups and others,...

Rock Band's Court Win Bodes Well for Redskins

Federal trademarks case was decided on Monday

(Newser) - An Asian-American rock band called the Slants found itself on the winning side of a Supreme Court case Monday. The justices ruled that a 71-year-old trademark law barring disparaging terms infringes free speech rights. The ruling is a victory for the Slants, but the case was closely watched for the...

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