Redskins Dismiss Hoax News Stories Claiming Team Changed Name

Redskins Dismiss Hoax News Stories Claiming Team Changed Name

Redskins Dismiss Hoax News Stories Claiming Team Changed Name

The main intent of the hoax was to drum up enough interest and support to get the Redskins to finally change their name that many have found to be extremely offensive.

An activist group called Rising Hearts created several fake web pages and launched them Wednesday morning, announcing that Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder had made a decision to change the team's long-debated name to the "Washington Redhawks".

The Redskins, though, squashed the hoax with a message on its real website.

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A native activist group, Rising Hearts, was behind the hoax, according to the press release.

On December 13th, The Washington football team franchise announced an updated team name and logo, coming Fall 2018.

"This morning, the Redskins organization was made aware of fraudulent websites about our team name", Tony Wyllie, the team's senior vice president for communications, said in a statement. I also think that in our current political climate, a satirical action is an important tactic for us to be able to use.

Redskins Dismiss Hoax News Stories Claiming Team Changed Name

The article outlines a decision of the National Football League team including decision for the change and new logos and uniforms that embraced the original colors of the team.

The activists claimed the end - calling attention to their issue - justified the means, fake news.

Within hours after publishing the announcement, the Native American advocacy group the Rising Hearts Coalition admitted that it was behind the faux name change in a separate statement.

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"We created this action to show the NFL and the Washington Football franchise how easy, popular and powerful changing the name could be", said one of the organizers, Rebecca Nagle (Cherokee Nation) in the release. "We wanted to make it immediate and urgent by allowing people to imagine a world where that mascot is gone, the name is changed and see how people react to it".

There have been at least three false news stories from sources posing as Sports Illustrated, the Washington Post, and ESPN, which were circulated Wednesday morning alleging the team had finally folded to calls for a name change, Politico reported. Supporters can join also join a rally at FedEx Field this Sunday.

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