In a year in which Redskins owner Dan Snyder has been under fire from the Oneida Indian Nation and other public officials and celebrities seeking the removal of the team's nickname, TMZ reports one of Snyder's neighbors has registered for a trademark that might someday fit the team's needs.
Aris Mardirossian, whom TMZ identifies as a wealthy patent investor who live a few doors down from Snyder's Potomac, Md., home, applied for a trademark of "Washington Bravehearts" on Oct. 17.
The application, obtained by TMZ, states Mardirossian plans to use the name for "Entertainment in the nature of football games." He also created a company entitled Washington Brave Hearts, LLC.
As for the relationship between Aris and Dan, we're told the 2 of them formed a united front on their block a few years back -- both men wanted to cut down trees on their lots but they were being blocked by the county.
Also, we found out both Snyder and Mardirossian attended the University of Maryland ... just at different times.
With all the hubbub over the Redskins name, it's more than curious that a man who has nothing to do with football would suddenly register the name of a football team that would solve his neighbor's problem.
We've made numerous calls to everyone involved, and almost everyone who spoke to us was tight-lipped and would not broach the subject. Aris flat out hung up on us. As for the Redskins, we've made multiple calls but so far, no word back.
In May, Snyder said he would never change the team's name as long as he owned it.
BURKE: Single-season records that could fall in 2013 Earlier this month, Snyder sent an open letter to team season-ticket holders defending the name and its history.