Alastair Clarkson’s funny nickname for Hawks draftee Denver Grainger-Barras

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson and Denver Grainger-Barras had built up rapport before the young key defender was drafted to the Hawks.

Grainger-Barras, who hails from Western Australia, was selected by Hawthorn with pick No.6 in the 2020 AFL Draft – the club’s first top 10 draft pick in over a decade.

In a zoom meeting leading up to the draft, the 18-year-old recalls Clarkson’s first impressions of him and that he’s offered to take the four-time premiership coach out for breakfast when he lands in Victoria.

“I remember we had a zoom call a while ago,” Grainger-Barras told SEN Mornings.

“He opened up the zoom and the first thing he (Clarkson) said to me was, ‘You look like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo’. I thought that was rather funny.

“I sent him a photo from a couple of years ago with long hair and I looked exactly like Shaggy.

“He flicked me a message saying, ‘Congratulations mate, you’re the only person in history to have a nickname six weeks before you’ve been drafted’, which was so funny to hear from Clarko.

“It was amazing to have a laugh and I offered him out to breakfast when I get over there, so I’m really excited to go over and pick his brains a little bit more.”

Standing at 195cm, Grainger-Barras’s intercept marking impressed recruiters when playing for WAFL club Swans Districts last season.

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Washington Football Team name, nickname, Redskins

It looks like the Washington Football Team has decided on a name for next season: The Washington Football Team.

Though it originally was thought the “Washington Football Team” would be a one-season stopgap after the franchise ditched its controversial Redskins name, it now appears the organisation will use the new moniker for at least another year.

“There’s a pretty good chance we will be the Washington Football Team next season,” team president Jason Wright told Washington TV station WJLA on Wednesday.

On July 13, the team retired the Redskins name and logo it used for 87 years following a review of the name that many considered racist. The Washington Football Team name was announced July 23.

“I think next year is fast because of how the brand has to come together through uniforms, through approval processes through the league,” Wright said Wednesday.

“We could get there quicker, it’s actually pretty hard to get there that quickly because of all the steps that need to happen.”

Daniel Snyder, who has owned the team since 1999, had long been opposed to changing the team’s name and vowed in 2013 to “never” change his view. He even fought all the way to the Supreme Court to protect the team’s original name.

Snyder was forced to change his tune after corporate sponsors FedEx — which has its name on the stadium the team plays in — Nike and PepsiCo put pressure on the team to axe the handle.

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Navajo Nation backflip on Washington Redskins nickname suggestion

The Washington Redskins announced Monday that they will change their team name and logo after about 87 years of using it, in the wake of corporate and public pressure to ditch the moniker over racial connotations.

The Navajo Nation, an American Indian territory covering parts of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico, put out a statement on the retirement of the Redskins name.

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“July 13, 2020 is now a historic day for all Indigenous peoples around the world as the NFL Washington-based team officially announced the retirement of the racist and disparaging ‘Redskins’ team name and logo,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez wrote. “This change did not come about willingly by the team’s owners, but by the mounting pressure and advocacy of Indigenous peoples such as Amanda Blackhorse, and many other warriors who fought long and hard for this change.”

The statement continued: “We strongly encourage the NFL Washington organisation to rename their team in such a way that truly honours and respects the First Americans of this country. Renaming the team ‘Code Talkers’ to honour the Navajo Code Talkers, and other tribal nations who used their sacred language to help win World War II, would set the team on a path to restoring its reputation and correcting the historical misrepresentation of Indigenous peoples.”

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But after releasing the statement with a proposed new name change, the backlash flooded in over the suggestion with many saying the name reduced Indigenous people to a mascot. The Navajo Nation then backflipped on the proposal.

“The Navajo Nation, under this administration, will not pursue the renaming of the Washington NFL team after the Code Talkers. I strongly agree that our Indigenous people should not be used as mascots,” Nez said in a statement.

The Washington franchise has yet to announce a new team name, reportedly because it’s tied up in a fight with a trademarking guru who owns several potential monikers the team is considering.

Washington has come under renewed fire over the term Redskins in recent weeks, with FedEx publicly requesting that the team change its name. The company reportedly threatened to remove signage from the stadium as well if the team didn’t make the alteration by the end of the 2020 season.

Big-name retailers such as Amazon, Walmart and Target, as well as Nike and Dick’s Sporting Goods, all removed Redskins merchandise from their websites last week.

Also last week, ESPN reported that the team had made the decision to remove the Native American imagery from its logo.

The recent national focus on race relations, prompted by the May 25 death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, brought new scrutiny of the team’s name. That’s when the Redskins said they would conduct a “thorough review” of the team name.

The team also hopes to build a new stadium and return inside DC city limits.

“On July 3rd, we announced the commencement of a thorough review of the team’s name. That review has begun in earnest. As part of this process, we want to keep our sponsors, fans and community apprised of our thinking as we go forward.

“Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskins name and logo upon completion of this review.

“[Owner] Dan Snyder and Coach [Ron] Rivera are working closely to develop a new name and design approach that will enhance the standing of our proud, tradition rich franchise and inspire our sponsors, fans and community for the next 100 years.”

This article originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced with permission.

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Washington Redskins to retire nickname many consider racist

Decades of resistance gave way to mere days of deliberation.

The Washington Redskins will change their team name and logo but have not yet announced the replacement.

It comes after owner Daniel Snyder announced July 3rd a “thorough review” of the name — a derogatory slur for Native Americans — was underway.

But this is even quicker than many expected — perhaps to assure time to adjust uniforms, logos and merchandise for the start of the 2020 season.

A statement was released on Monday saying “Today, we are announcing we will be retiring the Redskin’s name and logo upon completion of this review” with Dan Snyder and Washington coach Ron Rivera “working closely to develop a new name and design approach” for the franchise.

Calls to find a non-offensive name began decades ago, but Snyder, who purchased the team in 1999 that he rooted for as a child, dug in on the history of the organisation and the idea that it honoured Native American culture.

But when stadium title sponsor FedEx asked for a reconsideration and official uniform sponsor Nike pulled all merchandise from sale on its website, Snyder took a step toward change despite infamously saying only seven years ago that it would “never” happen.

If concluded — Yahoo Sports indicated Redskins executives began spreading word around the league late last week to drop the nickname from various platforms — the review lasted less than ten days.

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FedEx, Nike and PepsiCo had shareholders imploring them to cut advertising revenue to the Redskins without a name change. FedEx CEO Frederick Smith is a part-owner of the franchise.

Warriors is a popular replacement choice because Snyder once trademarked the name with intention to add an expansion franchise to the Arena Football League. It never came to fruition, and his rights elapsed.

Another popular choice and winner of a prize in a fan contest is RedTails, a reference to hero Tuskegee Airmen fighter pilots during a time before military segregation was outlawed.

But the option gaining steam appears to be Red Wolves, as star defensive lineman Jonathan Allen promoted it on a social media account. RedTails or Red Wolves would allow the franchise to keep its #HTTR hashtag and maybe minimise changes to the corresponding fight song “Hail to the Redskins.”

“So many great things could come out of that,” Allen said.

“Call the stadium ‘The Den,’ get the ‘Wolfpack’ on D. I ain’t gonna lie, that would be hype, bro.”

Quarterback Dwayne Haskins is on board and former Redskins players including Fred Smoot and Will Compton are trying to rally support. Even Brooklyn Nets star Kevin Durant — a Maryland native and big fan of the football team — endorsed the change with some fire emojis on Instagram.

So what’s the holdup?

Trademark issues are pending, according to the Sports Business Journal. There is rich irony there because Snyder spent untold sums waging a legal battle against the Justice Department to retain the Redskins trademark.

In 2017, the Supreme Court declared that a federal law banning trademarks interpreted as disparaging was a violation of the First Amendment. Loss of trademark protection would have cost a fortune in merchandise sales.

For a generation of sports fans in the nation’s capital, the change is reminiscent of when the NBA’s Washington Bullets changed their name to the Washington Wizards for the 1997-98 season, after team owner Abe Pollin’s friend, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, was killed by gunfire.

The three-time Super Bowl champion Redskins are cut from a different fabric, though. Arriving from Boston in 1937, they remain the heartbeat of sports in the city despite years of losing and inept leadership leading to empty seats and anti-Snyder chants.

MLB’s Cleveland Indians also are considering a change, while the Atlanta Braves are not.

This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission

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Eddie unaware of Heritier Lumumba ‘Chimp’ nickname

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says he “never heard” the nickname “Chimp” used to describe Heritier Lumumba during his time at the club, and says there will be not be “anything swept” under the carpet in the club’s integrity investigation.

On Wednesday it was revealed retired Pies Chris Dawes and Brent Macaffer knew Lumumba was referred to as “Chimp” in their time at the club as teammates, which was corroborated by ex-Demons coach Paul Roos.

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Speaking on Footy Classified, McGuire said he had not been aware of the nickname during Heritier’s time at the club.

“I’ve never heard it … I’m not going to discuss this because we’re doing an investigation. I know a lot of things that are going on now because I’m hearing things as well,” McGuire said.

“We’re going to do this (review) with compassion, we’re going to do this forensically but we’re not looking to prosecute, we want to find out what’s gone on.

“I’ve spoken to some people and I’ve found different things, the nuances I had no idea.”

The club-wide integrity investigation had come under scrutiny from some for not including external parties, but McGuire revealed third parties are set to become involved.

“There’s going to be others, independents added on to that, which will be announced in the next couple of days,” McGuire said.

“We are having externals, absolutely.”

McGuire also confirmed Lumumba has no intention to engage with the club’s review at this stage, but that the Pies will “hopefully win his trust with what we’re doing”.

He said the review would be forensic and would seek the truth.

“This is something that we really want to get into and find out and grow from and look after,” McGuire said.

“We want to look after Heritier, we want to find the truth all the way through this. It’s not about trying to hide anything or manipulate, this is absolutely going to be straightforward, we want to do something.

“Not only because of the climate the world’s in at the moment but Heritier’s a Collingwood premiership player … I can guarantee you there’s not going to be anything swept anywhere, this is something that we’re going to really go through and the compassion involved in this is going to be at the upmost.

“Lets see where it lands.”

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