The wait is over for some folks. Actually, a lot of people have been waiting for the day that the name Washington Redskins is no longer. Well, today, July 13, 2020, is that day that the purging officially begins. For years, team owner Daniel Synder, who purchased the Redskins in 1999 for a reported $750 million with $350 million borrowed, has refused to change the name and offending logo.
With the Black Lives Matter movement being aggressive in leading to cultural change throughout America and the rest of the world after killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Rayshard Brooks, due to police violence, Snyder, who is said to be worth $2.6 billion, according to Forbes, the reckoning has now come full circle for Snyder.
Through a released statement, the Snyder and Redskins admitted that the sun had finally set on the old name.
“On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team’s name. That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans, and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward. Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review. Dan Snyder and Coach Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition-rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans, and community for the next 100 years.”