The Washington Football Team will not announce its new identify till early 2022, however already a reputation that was thought of as a possible contender has been dominated out.
Team president Jason Wright confirmed in a statement on the team’s official website that Washington wouldn’t be often called the Warriors. It was faraway from consideration as a result of the identify “too closely aligns with Native American themes.”
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Here is Wright’s full clarification of the choice.
One may take a look at this identify as a pure, and even innocent transition contemplating that it doesn’t essentially or particularly carry a destructive connotation. However as we realized via our analysis and engagement with varied teams, “context matters” and that makes it a “slippery slope.” Suggestions from throughout communities we engaged clearly revealed deep-seated discomfort round Warriors, with the clear acknowledgment that it too carefully aligns with Native American themes. Such an embrace of probably Native-adjacent iconography and imagery wouldn’t characterize a transparent departure that many communities have so forcefully advocated for us to embrace, and that frankly, we got down to do after we began this course of a yr in the past.
The “Warriors” moniker had been thought of a possible choice by followers as a result of group proprietor Daniel Snyder beforehand held the “Washington Warriors” trademark. Initially, he bought it in 2000 and planned on using it for an Arena Football League team. Nevertheless, Snyder now not owns the trademark.
What is going to the Washington Football Team be referred to as? Names like comparable to Crimson Wolves, Redtails, Hogs and others have been floated as choices. Conserving the present Washington Football Team identify in place additionally may very well be an choice.
We can’t know the nickname for positive till the group makes an announcement, however Wright believes the group will make the selection that finest guides the group into the longer term.
“As a team, we are confident that our new brand identity will honor our legacy and lead us into our future as a franchise,” he wrote.