LeBron James, NFL stars mock Washington NFL team’s generic name
It was announced Thursday that Washington’s NFL team will be hereby known as the “Washington Football Team” until a new moniker is officially adopted at some point in the future.
The team’s new name, along with logo and updated uniforms, were revealed in a series of tweets from Adam Schefter of ESPN and others.
More on Washington calling itself the “Washington Football Team” pending the adoption of a new name for the 2020 season:https://t.co/klMVSEKP38— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 23, 2020
Washington will not have any change to its color scheme. It will still use burgundy and gold. The Redskins logo on the helmet will be replaced by the player’s number in gold. The Washington Football Team will debut its home uniforms in week 1 against the Eagles. pic.twitter.com/8DpC6b0Tyj— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 23, 2020
Of course, there have been no shortage of reactions to the announcement, and many who have weighed in on the news mocked and ridiculed the astonishingly generic name.
Among those who brought the sarcasm were several high-profile pro athletes. Those who shared their unfavorable reactions were primarily NFL players, but Los Angeles Lakers superstar and huge NFL fan LeBron James, as well as many others, weighed in as well.
Just waking back up from my pregame nap to see about The Washington Football team??? Is that real?? No way! Oh man they had a thorough intense long board meeting about that one huh.— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 23, 2020
They had all that time and came up with, “Washington Football Team”..— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) July 23, 2020
what they gone put on the Helmets a big W https://t.co/9NcKadORAH— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisJr) July 23, 2020
Who you play for? The Washington football team.. naw that ain’t it— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) July 23, 2020
For some reason that alone makes me feel it won’t be a football season.. I’m sad seriously
The “Washington People with Helmets” lmao. come on now!— T.J. Ward (@BossWard43) July 23, 2020
I think they should keep it long term cuz it’s super unique…. don’t know any other team with that name https://t.co/jF3XRW1tqL— danny woodhead (@danny__woodhead) July 23, 2020
“The Washington Football Team” The team that plays football!! There’s so many marketing opportunities with this name pic.twitter.com/mi17Hge2Ci— Jeff Allen (@JeffAllen71) July 23, 2020
To be fair, a handful of Washington players responded favorably to the announcement, although the case can be made they had little choice but to react in such a manner.
2020 👀 pic.twitter.com/bDFpbENl3T— CY2 (@youngchase907) July 23, 2020
Ready to roll! To represent my family and the DMV area. Here’s to a great season! pic.twitter.com/2mQDQhjXkq— Dwayne Haskins, Jr (@dh_simba7) July 23, 2020
The change to “Washington Football Team” is temporary, and the evolving situation likely stems in large part from how owner Dan Snyder is embroiled in a reported trademark battle over the desired name.
Until a new name is adopted, whenever that may be, fans will be able to purchase “Washington Football Team” merchandise at Fanatics and NFL Shop in the interim.
Washington said fans will be able to purchase “Washington Football Team” merchandise from Fanatics and NFL Shop in the coming days. pic.twitter.com/g6d7cevmn4— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 23, 2020
One has to imagine some NFL fans might buy this officially licensed gear just to be snarky.