After a key sponsor requested the team's name change, the Washington Redskins announced Friday they will review the football team's name.
"In light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community, the Washington Redskins are announcing the team will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name," the statement read. "This review formalizes the initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks."
Owner Daniel Snyder added, "This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field.”
The statement is likely the first step in a process that sees owner Snyder changing the name of the NFL team. ESPN's Adam Schefter indicated that such a review is more than likely a sign of things to come.
Ian Rapoport doubled down on this thought.
Head coach Ron Rivera, who was hired earlier this year said in the statement, “This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our Military.”
The Redskins closed the statement by writing, "We believe this review can and will be conducted with the best interest of all in mind."