Amazon is pulling Washington Redskins merchandise from its website, joining a handful of other major companies, including Target and Walmart, in discontinuing the sale of the NFL team’s products amid racial justice protests.
Amazon sent a note to sellers on Wednesday that they are required to remove the Washington Redskins merchandise from the site, a spokesperson confirmed to CBS News. The Seattle-based company made the decision following the team’s announcement last week that it is undergoing a “thorough review” of its name.
On Wednesday, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson sent a letter to the company requesting that it halt the sale of the team’s products, both by the site and third parties. He also called on the retailer to remove any additional merchandise featuring offensive caricatures of Indigenous people, including Cleveland Indians merchandise. The MLB team recently said it would also consider a possible name change.
The team and the NFL have faced years of mounting pressure to rebrand, and recent protests have sparked renewed interest in the name, which is considered a racial slur against Native Americans.
After FedEx, the title sponsor of the team’s stadium, urged the team to change its name last week, owner Dan Snyder, who has previously resisted the change, said he would consider it. PepsiCo and Bank of America also encouraged the change.