The Washington football team says it is not considering using the nickname “Warriors” for its new name because it “aligns too closely with Native American issues.”
Washington has been on the Washington Football Team since last July, when the team announced that it was renaming the Redskins, a term they have used since the 1930s.
Washington has come under pressure from Native Americans, who have said the former nickname was racist, and from corporate sponsors such as FedEx, who have formally asked the group to change its name.
“I know this can be frustrating for some people. But as I have said many times before, our new identity must unite us. “It must bring us closer to the way this team meets on the football field and the way we have seen our fans. Come along and proudly support our team and our DMV community,” said team president Jason Wright in a statement.
Wright said the team is “down to a short list of final names based on our strategic approach, research process and insight phase.”
“As a team, we are confident that our new brand identity will honor our heritage and lead us to our future as a franchise,” he said.
The group’s trademark application is at stake after it was initially rejected by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Washington has six months to respond or the request will be dropped.