Washington’s NFL team changes name, for now, to ‘Washington Football Team’

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The announcement follows decades of backlash over the team’s previous team name.

The Washington NFL franchise on Thursday announced on Twitter it’s changing its name, for now, to the “Washington Football Team.”

“It begins here…” it said in a tweet with an image reading, “Washington Football Team, est. 1932.”

This announcement comes over two weeks after the NFL team announced they would be undergoing a ‘”thorough review” of its name, and ten days after the team announced they would “be retiring the Redskins name and logo” completely. The team will be keeping its same color scheme.

The temporary name, expected to be used through the 2020-2021 season, drew quick flack on Twitter.

One user said it’s her favorite thing to come out of 2020.

Even basketball legend and Los Angeles Lakers star Lebron James joined the fray, asking if the name change was real.

The initial decision to change the name came after heavy public pressure from corporate sponsors, including FedEx, Nike, and PepsiCo, amid the Black Lives Matter movement. As Confederate statues were torn down or removed across the country and NASCAR banned the Confederate flag, calls to change the team’s name grew as questions about racial and cultural justice came to the forefront in American life.