Amazon removing Redskins merchandise from site
Amazon is removing all Washington Redskins merchandise from its website as pressure for the NFL franchise to change its name mounts.
The team announced on Friday that it would undergo a “thorough review” of its name, which has been broadly denounced as derogatory and racist.
Last Thursday, FedEx — the team’s stadium namesake — wrote to owner Dan Snyder requesting that he change the name. FedEx paid $205 million for naming rights to the team’s Maryland stadium in 1998; those rights run through 2025.
Other major team sponsors and partners, including as PepsiCo, also expressed their desire for the name to be done away with.
Nike, Target and Walmart have already stopped selling the team’s merchandise.
The online shopping giant confirmed to CNN that it had told its sellers that it was removing all of the franchise’s merchandise from the site following the team’s announcement Friday.
In the statement, the team attributed the review of its name to the “recent events around our country and feedback from our community.”
Protests calling for the end of police brutality and systemic racism in the U.S. have swept across the country in recent weeks, sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody on May 25.