Meet Washington’s football team: The [clever name here]

June 18, 2014

This post has been updated, because the Internet is nowhere done playing with this meme. 

The U.S. Patent Office announced Wednesday that it is canceling the trademark for the Washington Redskins, the D.C. football team that has faced much backlash for their team name recently. The ruling from the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board notes, "Based on the evidence properly before us, these registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the respective times they were registered." The office has made a similar rulings in the '90s, which was reversed by the U.S District Court for the District of Columbia on a technicality. The team is sure to appeal the decision again.

In response to the decision, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who has been heavily critical of the team name, said of the team owner, Dan Snyder, “It’s just a matter of time before he’s forced to do the right thing and change the name."

If that time comes, Twitter has some suggestions.

Jaime Fuller reports on national politics for "The Fix" and Post Politics. She worked previously as an associate editor at the American Prospect, a political magazine based in Washington, D.C.
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