The Washington Football Team’s name search continues and we can officially rule out “Warriors” as an option.
The team announced on Monday that it would be eliminating “Warriors” in its search for a new name because of the feedback it received from the Native American community.
"In the spirit of that engagement, I want to address a name that has emerged amongst our fanbase, 'Warriors,'" WFT president Jason Wright wrote in a letter posted on the team’s website. "One might look at this name as a natural, and even harmless transition considering that it does not necessarily or specifically carry a negative connotation. But as we learned through our research and engagement with various groups, 'context matters' and that makes it a 'slippery slope.'"
“Feedback from across communities we engaged clearly revealed deep-seated discomfort around Warriors, with the clear acknowledgment that it too closely aligns with Native American themes,” Wright wrote. “Such an embrace of potentially Native-adjacent iconography and imagery would not represent a clear departure that many communities have so. Forcefully advocated for us to embrace, and that frankly, we set out to do when we started this process a year ago.”
There is no confirmation on what other names are being considered or eliminated, but Wright added that the organization would “choose an identity that unequivocally departs from any use of or approximate linkage to Native American imagery.”
"In sum, this engagement demonstrated to us a consensus that moving forward with no ties to Native American imagery is the right path," Wright wrote.
"I know this may be disappointing for some folks. But as I have said many times before, our new identity should unite us," Wright wrote. "It should bring us together the way this team comes together on the football field and the way we have seen our Fans come together and proudly support our Team and our DMV community."