By now, you have probably heard the news, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has decided to cancel the Washington Redskins trademark registration, citing the football team’s name as “disparaging to Native Americans.”
The Redskins released a statement from Bob Raskopf, trademark attorney for the team:
“We’ve seen this story before. And just like last time, today’s ruling will have no effect at all on the team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo….
We are confident we will prevail once again, and that the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s divided ruling will be overturned on appeal. This case is no different than an earlier case, where the Board cancelled the Redskins’ trademark registrations, and where a federal district court disagreed and reversed the Board.”
And even though this doesn’t mean the team will be forced to change its name, Twitter users offered suggestions for a new nickname. Some are likely more serious than others.
Got better ones? Feel free to post in the comments.
I would rename the Redskins the Washington George Washingtons. I think it has a nice ring to it, and he was a great American.— Burrito Bandito (@TheRealCTRaisin) June 18, 2014
Rename them the Washington Red Wedding because they are terrible and people leave sad and angry on Sundays.— Ryan Strickland (@rstrickland90) June 18, 2014
Seriously, Washington brass, how dumb ARE you? Get on the right side of this, rename the team the Hogs, make a bazillion dollars in product.— Pete Fiutak (@PeteFiutak) June 18, 2014
To Dan Snyder: The time has come. Rename the team the Washington Hogs & let’s all move on. Thx. #NFL— KoHoSo (@KoHoSo) June 18, 2014
We could rename them the Washington Wisdom— Justin Barasky (@JustinBarasky) June 18, 2014
The Washington Gridlocks.— Bruce Feiler (@BruceFeiler) June 18, 2014
We are all missing the fact that NOW is the time to rename the Redskins to the Sentinels. #ShaneFalco4QB— Davis Mohr (@dvsmhr) June 18, 2014
The Washington Insiders. #NewRedskinsName— Alan E. McAdams (@thealanemcadams) June 18, 2014
The Washington Cherry Blossoms— Mr. Badly Built (@WitTitsOrSTFU) June 18, 2014
The Skins #NewRedskinsName— Eva Clare (@homebakedEclare) June 18, 2014
The Washington Rough Riders #NewRedskinsName— Alex Eliasof (@AlexEliasof) June 18, 2014
#NewRedskinsName Washington Footballers— ThreesPlease (@Mike55Pinkley) June 18, 2014
They should change the name the Washington ″Natives”, which is less offensive and pays homage to the actual Americans.— Darius Spencer (@Darius_Spencer) June 18, 2014
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