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Washington Football Team not considering 'Warriors' as new team nickname

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The Washington Football Team says it is not considering using the nickname "Warriors" for its new name because it "too closely aligns with Native American themes."

Washington has gone by "Washington Football Team" since last July, when the team announced they were changing the name from "Redskins," a term they had used since the 1930's.

Washington faced pressure from Native Americans, who said the previous nickname was racist, and from corporate sponsors, such as FedEx, which formally requested the team change its name.

"I know this may be disappointing for some folks. But as I have said many times before, our new identity should unite us. It should bring us together the way this team comes together on the football field and the way we have seen our Fans come together and proudly support our Team and our DMV community" team president Jason Wright said in a statement.

The NFL fined the WFT $10 million on Thursday.
The NFL fined the WFT $10 million on Thursday.

Wright said the team is "down to a short list of final names based on our strategic approach, research process, and insight phase.

"As a team, we are confident that our new brand identity will honor our legacy and lead us into our future as a franchise," he said.

The team's trademark application is in jeopardy after it was initially refused by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Washington has six months to respond or the application will be abandoned.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Washington Football Team won't consider Warriors for new nickname