Mitchell Rales on Commanders name change debate
Another hot topic of debate currently centers on another potential rebrand. The Washington Commanders' name change came with mixed reactions from the fanbase, who thought this was just a fumbled attempt from Dan Snyder to alleviate pressure from his own shoulders when scrutiny reached an all-time high.
He's gone, so many fans want the name he chose removed as well. More than 100,000 have also signed a petition calling for the old Redskins name to be restored - something that was recently shot down in no uncertain terms by part-owner Mitchell Rales via USA Today Sports.
"We could take the easy way out and say we’re not focused on that right now. What I can tell you is we’re not focused on the previous name. That ship has sailed. We’re not going to relitigate the past. We’re about the future. We’re about building the future and not having a divisive culture that we’re engaged in. We’re going to look at everything come the end of the year and think about a lot of different things and do a lot of testing and see what people think. And we’ll learn. The beauty is we have the time to look at all of this stuff intelligently and make fan-based decisions."- Mitchell Rales via USA Today Sports
If Rales' comments don't put an end to the debate once and for all, nothing will. Even so, it's unlikely to prevent those who want the old traditions restored from making their opinions known regardless of what ownership says in the meantime.
Looking at how things are currently unfolding, no petition or social media uproar is going to make a difference. Case closed.