One of the Washington Redskins' main sponsors, FedEx, has requested the team drop its nickname.
“We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name," the statement from FedEx read.
The National Congress of American Indians released a statement applauding FedEx's decision, calling it a "wake-up call" to all companies who do business with the NFL.
"In this historic moment and global movement for racial justice, they can no longer sit idly by as the league’s Washington franchise clings to a dictionary-defined racial slur as its mascot," said NCAI President Fawn Sharp. "The R-word is destined for the dustbin of history – it’s not a question of if, but when, and that time is now."
Sharp added, "Removing racist and harmful words, symbols, and imagery like the Washington team’s R-word mascot is a necessary and non-negotiable first step" in a path toward a more just and inclusive society.
On Friday, PepsiCo joined FedEx in calling for the name to change: "We have been in conversations with NFL and Washington management for a few weeks about this issue. We believe it is time for a change. We are pleased to see the steps the team announced today and we look forward to continued partnership."
Snyder, who bought the team in 1999, in the past has remained emphatic in his desire to keep the team's name.
"As a lifelong Redskins fan, and I think that the Redskins fans understand the great tradition and what it's all about and what it means," Snyder said in 2013.
D.C. Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio told The Post: “There is no viable path, locally or federally, for the Washington football team to return to Washington, D.C., without first changing the team name.”