According to a memo to staffers obtained by Jim Romenesko, the Detroit News is the latest outlet that will no longer use the word ‘Redskins’ in its football coverage.
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Washington Redskins football team
The Detroit News will no longer use the team’s nickname, “Redskins,” in routine football coverage, reflecting the growing view that the term is offensive to many Americans. Last Wednesday, a federal board voted to cancel the Washington Redskins’ trademark, deeming the name “disparaging” of Native Americans.”
The memo goes on to say that the Detroit News will use ‘Washington football team’ on first reference, or ‘Washington’ if the reference to the NFL team is clear. The Detroit News will continue to use ‘Washington Redskins’ in items that refer to the naming controversy.
Seattle Times sports editor Don Shelton called the name “absurd, offensive and outdated” in announcing his section’s similar ban of ‘Redskins’ last week. Poynter has compiled a list of outlets that will no longer use the name.