While there has been much criticism and controversy over the name of the Washington Redskins team name, many people have wanted the name to be changed. The name change, of course, is up to Dan Snyder, the owner of the team. At least for now, the name of the bravehearts is not going to be their new name, and while it has created much buzz around Washington recently, it is simply a hoax.
The official reports are that Aris Mardirossian, a neighbor of Snyder's has registered the name, Washington Bravehearts, for "entertainment in the nature of football games." Despite being Snyder's neighbor, it seems that the name is simply a coincidence, and the Redskins will not be changing their name, although some fans might want them to.
The record seems to have been set straight after a spokesman for the Redskins, Tony Wyllie, mentioned on Friday, "I just want to set the record straight for everyone listening, just to let you know that there is absolutely NO connection between the Washington Bravehearts and the person that registered that trademark, and the Washington Redskins.
Washington Bravehearts.... No nice try though
— Nicky Valentino (@Hasto_McGasto) October 28, 2013
Wyllie continued to say that Snyder does not even know this man, and that there is absolutely no connection between the Washington Bravehearts and the Washington Redskins. He urges fans not to worry when stating, "So I just want to let you know, Dan (doesn't) know the man, so please, people, stop panicking, there's no connection." Were people panicking? It seems as if most people would be happy about the name change.
The Washington Bravehearts, while a good attempt at changing the name as some would believe, unfortunately will not be happening anytime soon. There is certainly plenty of support behind changing the name, with the United States congress even urging the team's owner to change the name earlier this year. 10 members of Congress sent an open letter to Dan Snyder in May of this year.
The Washington Bravehearts... pic.twitter.com/MB8feuIm7Y
— Chris Hamburger (@chris_worthy) October 25, 2013
WHY WOULD YOU NAME A FOOTBALL TEAM AFTER A MOVIE WITH A KNOWN RACIST IN IT, THE NAME WASHINGTON BRAVEHEARTS IS OFFENSIVE TO ME
— CHIYO'S DAD (@ALLCAPSBRO) October 25, 2013
As if Congress was not enough, President Obama also said that if he were the Redskins owner, he would think about changing the name.
Although Snyder has said that the team's name will never change, plenty of people are rallying behind a change, including the Oneida tribe, who traveled to Washington to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Gooddell.
Do you think the owner of the Redskins should change the name? What would a better name be? Discuss here.
Washington Bravehearts. I can work with that. I guess they'll hire Mel Gibson to be their mascot.
— Roy Pickering (@AuthorofPatches) October 25, 2013
The Washington Bravehearts will definitely not be the new name of the NFL team, but is there a possible changes sometime in the future? Only time will tell.