Published: Fri, December 15, 2017
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Hoax Websites Claim Washington Redskins Will Change Name To Redhawks

Hoax Websites Claim Washington Redskins Will Change Name To Redhawks

The fabrications used headlines such "Washington Redskins to Change Name to Washington Redhawks".

The Rising Hearts Coalition, a group of Native advocates, came up with an elaborate prank that led many people to believe Washington had altered its controversial nickname.

A couple of sites were created with news stories claiming that the Redskins had changed their name, but it was quickly revealed that this was a hoax orchestrated by a group of activists calling for the team to change their name.

The National Football League's Washington Redskins won't be getting a name change as some websites appeared to suggest Wednesday morning.

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In July, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Snyder and the Redskins' trademark to uphold the team's ability to utilize the name despite those who oppose it.

"This morning, the Redskins organization was made aware of fraudulent websites about our team name", the statement said.

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"We wanted fans to be able to recognize the brand". The release contained a new logo for the team as well as some quotes from Jay Gruden. Today, social media exploded with an updated logo and mascot for DC's football team: The Washington Redhawks. On one web page sporting a Washington Post banner that looked strikingly like the D.C. publication's actual website, activists posted a wishful, but false, article saying the football team was changing its name.

The fake URLs,,, and were recently created.

"The point of this was to start the conversation again", Sebastian Medina-Tayac, one of the organizers of the stunt, told the Washington Post.

The parody campaign was created by Native Advocates to bring awareness to changing the mascot.

"What we're asking for changes only four letters".

The debate over the name, which opponents see as offensive to Native Americans, had quieted since the Department of Justice gave up its legal fight over the issue in June. "Just four letters! Certainly the harm that the mascot does to Native Americans outweighs the very, very minor changes the franchise would need to make", Nagle said. Supporters can join also join a rally at FedEx Field this Sunday.

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