WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Redskins release a new statement that was distributed Friday morning, the day after FedEx asked the team to consider a name change and Nike pulled team gear from its website. 

“In light of recent events around country and feedback from our community, the Washington Redskins are announcing the team will undergo a thorough review of the team’s name. This review formalizes the initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks.”

Dan Snyder, Owner of the Washington Redskins, stated. “This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,”

Ron Rivera, Head Coach of the Washington Redskins, remarked, “This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our Military,”

“We believe this review can and will be conducted with the best interests of all in mind.”