Washington football team announces it will retire offensive nickname and logo

July 13, 2020

 

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Following pressure from sponsors, the Washington National Football League team announced it will retire its nickname and logo, which are disparaging to Native Americans. The team has also said that the new nickname and logo will not contain any native imagery. The announcement comes after investors, including Mercy Investment Services, asked the team’s major sponsors such as FedEx, Nike and Pepsi to withdraw support of the team. Mercy Investment Services and the Sisters of Mercy have addressed this issue at the corporate level for many years as part of the critical concern of racism. Read more about Mercy’s history of work on this issue:

October 2014: Momentum grows for FedEx to end football sponsorship

October 2013: Outcry over Washington National Football League team gains momentum

September 2013: Investors persist in FedEx engagement