A Washington Redskins helmet is seen on the field prior to the video game in between the Washington Redskins and the Philadelphia Eagles at FedExField on December 15, 2019 in Landover, Maryland.
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FedEx has actually asked the Washington Redskins to alter its group name, which many individuals think about a racial slur versus Native Americans.
A FedEx spokesperson informed CNBC: “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name.”
FedEx is the most crucial company partner of the group to take a position versus the name yet. It purchased calling rights to the group’s house arena, FedEx Field, in 1998 for $205 million in an offer that goes through 2025. Frederick Smith, FedEx CEO, is a minority owner of the group.
Earlier today, a group of financiers openly forced huge business such as Nike, FedEx, and Pepsi to sever relationships with the group over the name. Native Americans have actually challenged the group name returning to the 1960s.
But in current weeks, the pressure to alter the name has actually grown as numerous NFL gamers have actually ended up being significantly outspoken about the NFL’s function in racial problems after the death of George Floyd in authorities custody in May.
References to group creator George Preston Marshall, who called the group in 1933, were eliminated from group products last month since he was a singing advocate of racial partition. The name is likewise a sticking point in settlements over a prospective brand-new arena in Washington D.C., the Washington Post reported today.
A group spokesperson didn’t right away react to an ask for remark. Owner Daniel Snyder has actually formerly stated he will never ever alter the name.
“We’ll never change the name,” Snyder informed U.S.A. Today in 2013. “It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”