The NFL team once known as the Washington Redskins has officially changed their name to something less offense to Native Americans and way more offensive to the fan base they have left.
They are now the Washington Football Team.
The new team name is effective immediately, and it will remain in place “pending adoption of a new team name,” the team announced in a statement on Thursday.
The name change comes after the team faced increased pressure to change its name due to its racist connotations, and the team announced on July 13 that it would be changing the team’s name.
“The decision to use ‘Washington Football Team’ for this season allows the franchise the ability to undertake an in-depth branding process to properly include player, alumni, fan, community, and sponsor input,” the statement reads.
“To date, we have been pleased to see so many people putting forward their vision of what the new name and design should be on their social media channels and we look forward to including their feedback as this process progresses.”
Meanwhile, Los Angeles Laker, LeBron James; former Dallas Cowboy, Dez Bryant; and Fishsports took their shots at the name change via Twitter:
Way to kick a team while it’s down guys, lol.
To add salt to the wound, The Washington Football Team is currently embroiled in a controversy, as 15 former staffers and two journalists have accused team staff of sexual harassment and verbal abuse. The team told CNN it has launched an investigation.