Washington - The
Washington Redskins on Wednesday denied that they were changing their
name in a statement responding to "fraudulent websites" that said the
moniker some find offensive would go.
"This morning, the Redskins organization was made aware of fraudulent
websites about our team name," the NFL franchise said in a statement.
"The name of the team is the Washington Redskins and will remain that
for the future."
The Washington Post reported that an alliance of American Indian
activists launched several online web pages disguised as news outlets
falsely claiming the team had bowed to pressure and changed their name
to the Redhawks.
At least five web pages - some of them mimicking legitimate sports
news sites such as ESPN.com and Bleacher Report - and a Twitter account
were included in the campaign, and the links were widely shared on
Rebecca Nagle, co-director of the National Indigenous Women's
Resource Center and one of the organisers of the campaign, told USA
Today that the goal was to "draw attention to reaffirm that there's an
overwhelming mountain of evidence that the name is offensive and is
harmful to Native American people".
The US capital's NFL club has come under fire in recent years for its
reluctance to consider changing the name that many feel is a racial
slur toward Native Americans.
Redskins' owner Dan Snyder, who has refused to consider changing the nickname, insists it's a tribute to Native Americans.