The owner of the group, Dan Snyder, has previously resisted calls to change the team’s name due to racist conditions, but the group announced on Friday that it would reconsider the name.
“Taking into account the recent events throughout our country and the comments of our community, Washington Redskins announces that the team will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name,” the team said in a statement. “This criticism formalizes the initial discussions the team has had with the league in recent weeks.”
So what could the name of the new team be? Here are the top contenders being discussed.
Washington Redtails has gained some social media attention, and a designer named Pete Rogers is even mocking some of the designs of a redefined logo and uniform group.
“The name ‘Redtails’ celebrates World War II Tuskegee Airmen, who were the first African-American military pilots in the U.S. military,” Rogers wrote. “The nickname ‘Redtails’ comes from their planes, which had a distinct purple tail.”
Head coach Ron Rivera also specifically mentioned the army’s honor when discussing changing the team’s name.
“This issue is of personal importance to me,” Rivera said, “and I look forward to working closely with (owner) Dan Snyder to ensure that we continue to honor and support Native Americans and our military.”
The Washington Warriors
Another floating name is the Washington Warriors, as it would allow the team to retain some similar items, such as the arrow used in some of the team’s designs.
However, the name draws some reaction on social media.
“People who tweeted about Washington warriors with feathers and arrows in the logo have lost the whole point,” Rebecca Nagle wrote on Twitter. “The cultures of Native Americans and our tribes are real, modern, different and alive. We are not cartoons. And we are not mascots.”
There is also the issue of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors already having warriors in their team’s name.
The monuments of Washington
Washington Monuments is another popular name suggested on social media, which makes sense since the Washington Monument is located right on the National Mall in Washington.
The obelisk was built to honor the celebration of George Washington, the first president of the United States.
However, betting odds are not in favor.