British hockey team to drop 'Redskins' nickname

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 6:18 PM

Streatham Redskins, which plays in the country'south third tier, will be rebranded for following season after landing in the spotlight following calls for the WA Redskins to do far with their nickname."The high profile of the WA Redskins has sparked a debate and news coverage," Streatham head coach Warren Rost told The Associated Press on Friday.

British hockey team to drop 'Redskins' nickname

A British hockey team is dropping its "Redskins" nickname.

Streatham Redskins, which plays in the country'south third tier, will be rebranded for following season after landing in the spotlight following calls for the WA Redskins to do far with their nickname.

"The high profile of the WA Redskins has sparked a debate and news coverage," Streatham head coach Warren Rost told The Associated Press on Friday. "If it wasn't a high-profile matter, we mightn't have keep two-and-two together and realized there were racial connotations to the name.

"To have a title that'south a racial undertones, it'south crazy we've ended up in that situation," Rost said. "It'south everything we don't stand for."

Rost said the S London team will modify its title at the finish of this season, adding that Streatham has been planning for the past two years to move far from the nickname. But the timetable was moved forward after two British lawmakers wrote to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in February, complaining about Washington's "Redskins" nickname ahead of the team'south visit to London next season.

Ruth Smeeth and Ian Austin, who are members of the Labour Party in Britain, said in the letter that the NFL "should consider changing the title of the WA franchise or, at a minimum, send a different team to our country to represent the sport, one that doesn't promote a racial slur."

Rost said some Native Americans had emailed the politicians "to say, 'Hang on a second, what about the Streatham Redskins?'"

"The politicians' complaints threw a spotlight on us," Rost said in a telephone interview. "We were hoping to fly below the radar until the summer. With the MPs having their declare and with the Native Americans coming back with an email, our hand was forced."

Rost said he'd "be surprised if we'd had five people bring up" the perceived connotations of the Redskins nickname but that "the longer you leave it, the worse the position becomes."

"The feedback (to the announcement) has been sixty % positive, thirty % an intellectual understanding and ten % have gone, 'No, it'south PC gone mad. We're too worried in this world about offending people. We're not going to look you anymore,'" Rost said.

Streatham picked the Redskins title in the one thousand nine hundred seventy because it invoked a ferocious warrior spirit, the club said. Before that, the team that started in one thousand nine hundred thirty-second and claims to be the oldest hockey club in England was just known as Streatham.

"It was as scientific as plucking a title out of the sky," Rost said. "We didn't really realize the history of it.

"Streatham is a genuine multi-racial area and we've been at the forefront of multi-racial ice hockey in this country. That'south why this is a real shame."

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