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Walter “Blackie” Wetzel’s son says logo isn’t offensive, change will be hard
“Everyone was pretty upset (about the change),” said Lance Wetzel. “Everyone understood the name change we were all on board with that. Once they weren’t going to use the logo, it was hard. It takes away from the Native Americans. When I see that logo, I take pride in it. You look at the depiction of the Redskins logo and it’s of a true Native American. I always felt it was representing my people. That’s not gone”
FedEx issued a statement
“We appreciate the team’s decision to change its name and logo, and we look forward to the outcome of the next step in the process,” the company said in a statement released to NBC Sports Washington on Monday afternoon.
Here’s what FedEx has to say about Washington’s name change plans https://t.co/8mZ2aMxpcc— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) July 13, 2020
Adam Schefter believes we could hear an announcement on the name as early as this week
Report: former Redskins tight end and scout Don Warren hired to replace Richard Mann as Assistant Director of Pro Personnel
Former Panthers pro scout Don Warren joining Ron Rivera as Washington’s asst director of pro personnel, per source. Warren spent his entire 14-yr playing career w/ Washington and won 3 SBs.— Joe Person (@josephperson) July 13, 2020
His contract w/ CAR was not renewed.
Brian McNally comments on the Warren hiring
A homecoming for a staple of the championship Skins of the 80s and early 90s. Quick move to replace fired execs. https://t.co/vPDQlX1tmh— Brian McNally (@bmcnally14) July 13, 2020
The name and logo will be retired “upon completion of this review”.
So, not retired today.
A little clarification from Mike Garafolo
If you're looking at the letterhead and asking why, they're technically still the #Redskins until the review is complete. So there will be some references in places to the old team name until the new one is in place.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 13, 2020
Backed up by Peter Hailey
A Redskins spokesperson just updated us and explained they'll still be known as the Redskins until they're officially known by their new name— Pete Hailey (@PeteHaileyNBCS) July 13, 2020
Dwayne Haskins weighs in
Commentary from Rick Snider
Snyder needed to have a presser only we're not doing live pressers because of the pandemic. I would have loved watching him sweat and fumble. He might have wished everyone Happy Thanksgiving again.— Rick Snider (@Snide_Remarks) July 13, 2020
My first question - the announcement gives no real timetable. It says they'll retire it at completion of the review. So, I guess for now they're still the Redskins? How long do they expect the review? The answer probable is they don't know.— Rick Snider (@Snide_Remarks) July 13, 2020
The press release doesn't even have a canned quote from Snyder.— Rick Snider (@Snide_Remarks) July 13, 2020
I view the Redskins' statement today this way:— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) July 13, 2020
1) Dan Snyder & the team announced they are going to change the name. Before today he had never confirmed that.
2) They are not ready to announce the new name, logo.
3) They will go by the Redskins until they have a new name.
The Redskins have not changed their name and logo. They announced that they will. There is a difference. They say the name and logo will go away when they finish their review.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) July 13, 2020
They provided no timetable for the new name and logo. Today? Tomorrow? After the season?
Why is Dan Snyder never quoted in any of these statements? This is the biggest announcement the team has made during Snyder's 21 years and he is not quoted. It is not written from his perspective. Strange to me.— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) July 13, 2020
In Washington’s statement, it says that "Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach”. It’s safe to say Rivera did not expect to add the massive task of rebranding a franchise to his to do list in his first offseason in Washington.— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) July 13, 2020
From the moment the team announced its review of the name July 3, sources said the Redskins name would be dropped and there would be a new team name. This step was never in doubt. The only issue was--and remains--what the new name will be.— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) July 13, 2020
Steve Wyche & Jeff Schultz
I have been wondering this for the past 24 hours. Not just the team but media outlets reporting on this have done the same https://t.co/Ht1z3VurKI— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) July 13, 2020
The @Redskins name stood through coaches like George Allen, Joe Gibbs and (yes) Vince Lombardi, but now at the helm of the name change is someone yet to coach a game for the team, Ron Rivera. Timing is everything.— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) July 13, 2020
and a guy named Joe
According to the release, the name is not retired until completion of review so saying that the old name is gone is technically inaccurate. It will be gone but it is not currently gone. Leave it to this franchise to make a simple press release unclear.— Joe Yasharoff (@JYash) July 13, 2020