While the real-life adult human pro-athlete team in 2015 known as the Washington Redskins still refuses to change their offensive team name, it's important to remember that several schools across the country still have offensive team names, too.
That's why Adidas is taking a huge step to get rid of high school mascots that are offensive to Native Americans. The Washington Post reports that on Thursday (Nov. 5), the retailer announced it "would offer financial support to any U.S. high school that wants to change its logo or mascot 'from potentially harmful Native American imagery or symbolism.'"
The Washington Redskins, noted adult baby team, unsurprisingly did not handle this news well. "The hypocrisy of changing names at the high school level of play and continuing to profit off of professional like-named teams is absurd," Maury Lane, team spokesman, said. "Adidas make hundreds of millions of dollars selling uniforms to teams like the Chicago Blackhawks and the Golden State Warriors, while profiting off sales of fan apparel for the Cleveland Indians, Florida State Seminoles, Atlanta Braves and many other like-named teams."
It's true that there's certainly some shady stuff about the retailer's decision. According to the Washington Post, Adidas does in fact sponsor "Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and produces gear for teams that use Indian monikers." The paper also reports that according to an Adidas spokesperson, the retailer's new initiative "would not impact its relationship with Griffin." Hmm.
President Obama lauded Adidas, calling it a "smart, creative approach" to "incentivize schools to think differently."
"I don't know if Adidas made the same offer to a certain NFL team, here in Washington," the President said. "But they might want to think about that as well."
Your move, Dan Snyder.