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Former Washington Redskins Announce Temporary Name
LANDOVER, MARYLAND - JULY 13: A hand-painted concrete barrier stands in the parking lot of FedEx Field, home of the NFL's Washington Redskins team July 13, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. The team announced Monday that owner Daniel Snyder and coach Ron Rivera are working on finding a replacement for its racist name and logo after 87 years.
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The NFL team formerly known as the Washington Redskins announced a new temporary name on Thursday as they search for an adequate replacement for their old name, which had been the subject of an ongoing public pressure campaign.

“For updated brand clarity and consistency purposes, we will call ourselves the “Washington Football Team” pending adoption of our new name,” said the Washington, D.C.-based team in a statement. “The Redskins name and logo will officially be retired by the start of the 2020 season. We encourage fans, media and all other parties to use ‘Washington Football Team’ immediately.”

“In addition, we are rolling out an aesthetic that reflects the direction of the franchise as we progress toward a new name and design scheme,” said the team, which later noted that the new, not-yet-decided NFL team name will include input from players, fans, alumni, sponsors and community members.

According to The Washington Post, a poll back in 2016 showed that 9 in 10 Native Americans weren’t offended by the NFL team’s name.

Social media users promptly mocked the NFL team’s new name on Twitter. 

Lakers star LeBron James mocked the team’s decision, suggesting that he wasn’t sure the NFL team had actually changed their name to something so simple.

“Just waking up from my pregame nap to see about The Washington Football team???,” said the basketball player. “Is that real?? No way! Oh man they had a thorough intense long board meeting about that one huh.”

Rapper and podcaster Zuby suggested that the team “should keep their name but change the logo to a potato.”

Trump campaign legal adviser Jenna Ellis quipped: “And isn’t Washington racist according to the cancel leftists? So why wasn’t this just ‘The Football Team’…?”

As The Daily Wire previously reported, the Navajo Nation released a statement after the NFL team announced the name change plans earlier this month, and suggested the name “Code Talkers” to honor the “Navajo Code Talkers, and other tribal nations who used their sacred language to help win” the Second World War.

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