In a move that was long past due, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder announced Friday the team will undergo a “thorough review of the team’s name.”
The team said it has been discussing internally a name change with the league in recent weeks.
Snyder said in a statement:
“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 is proud to represent on and off the field.”
Head coach Ron Rivera said in a statement it was an “issue 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.”
In a separate statement, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell confirmed the discussions and said, “We are supportive of this important step.”
The announcement comes after weeks of pressure for the team to change it.