First, the culture warriors came for the Washington Redskins’ name, now they are seeking to cleanse the professional football team’s glorious past.
With the new NFL season only weeks away from kickoff, fans of the yet unnamed Washington Football Team have been put on notice that they are forbidden from showing up to the team’s games at Landover, Maryland’s FedEx Field in the Native American costumes that have been a cherished tradition for decades.
On Wednesday, season ticket holders were emailed regarding the new policy, and the organization issued a statement highlighting the rules for the 2021 season that made it clear that such items as headdresses and face paint would no longer be allowed at the stadium.
According to the WFT: “We are excited to welcome everyone back wearing their Burgundy & Gold. However, Native American inspired ceremonial headdresses or face paint may no longer be worn into the stadium.”
Via my email & many others, @WashingtonNFL speaks on its expectations & rules for fans for the upcoming season! 👇🏻#WashingtonFootball pic.twitter.com/u6Pl3nrIvz
— Rudy 🎙 (@ParkerHamlett) August 4, 2021
The team stressed that season ticket holders are obligated to adhere to the “code of conduct” which “includes not using foul or offensive language, no fighting or engaging in unruly behavior, not throwing anything inside the stadium, drinking responsibly when drinking, and always following instructions from stadium staff.”
Fans are also encouraged to snitch on violators; “If a guest sees someone not following health and safety policies or stadium protocols, FedExField support staff can be contacted for assistance by texting ‘SAFE’ to 69050 or calling the gameday hotline at 301-276-6100.”
After years of intense pressure by activist groups and Democrats to cancel the team’s name because it was “racist,” owner Daniel Snyder finally caved last year when violent riots erupted across the country following the unfortunate death of George Floyd, as the entirety of corporate America went “woke” by adopting the radical agenda of the Marxist-inspired Black Lives Matter movement.
Snyder, who has owned the team since 1999, had consistently refused to do away with the Redskins nickname but with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s unconditional surrender to BLM along with pressure from big investors to bully the likes of Nike, FedEx, and Pepsi into threatening to end their relationships with the team, he threw in the towel. FedEx, which paid $205 million for the stadium naming rights was critical in getting Snyder to finally bend the knee.
The team had been known as the Redskins even before it relocated to the nation’s capital in 1937 having previously been the Boston Redskins. The permanent replacement for Redskins has yet to be announced with many fans preferring Warriors although that, too, has been deemed as being potentially racist by some. The team will continue to play under the name of the Washington Football Team for at least this season.
Fans will be allowed to wear the traditional team colors of burgundy and gold and while Native American garb is strictly forbidden. Masks will almost certainly be mandated when fans return to the stands in regular numbers for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak.
ESPN reports that the new rules will go into effect on Friday when a practice will be held at the stadium, and 20,000 fans are expected to be in attendance.
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