U. of Minnesota wants Redskins to wear jerseys with no name, logo
The University of Minnesota wants the Redskins to wear throwback jerseys with no team name or logo on them when they play the Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium on Nov. 2, according to Ian Shapira of The Washington Post on Thursday.
The school is leasing its stadium to the Vikings the next two seasons while the Vikings' new stadium is being built.
It also wants no Redskins apparel or paraphernalia sold on site, the team's logo to not appear on the scoreboard or in the program for the game, and the game's public address announcer to not say the word "Redskins," Shapira reports.
Shapira added that more than 1,100 students in the University of Minnesota system identify themselves as Native American.
"They said they’d make that request of the Washington team, but were not sure how it would be received," Katrice Albert, the school's vice president in the office of equity and diversity, said about Vikings officials, whom she met with in late July. "The two Vikings officials said they are part of the NFL and don’t have the authority to force the hand to change the Washington name, but understand it’s offensive to some members of our community. The Vikings have a great working relationship with the tribal nations of Minnesota, and they’re very understanding of how this team name and logo impacts our community."
Hundreds of Native Americans denounced the Redskins' name outside the Metrodome before the Vikings played host to Washington in a Thursday night game last season.
"We have met many Native Americans from Minnesota who agree with our position and feel we are using the term correctly and honorably," said Redskins spokesman Tony Wyllie.
The Redskins have worn throwbacks in the recent past with no team name or logo, except a small patch on the shoulder.
- Chris Mascaro