Reporting Chuck Carroll
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Hail to the Bravehearts?
Washington Redskins fans were whipped into a frenzy on Friday after TMZ reported a neighbor of team owner Daniel Snyder filed a trademark application for the name Washington Bravehearts for the purpose of “entertainment in the nature of football games.”
The neighbor, identified as Aris Mardirossian, also created the company Washington Brave Hearts, LLC on Oct. 17 according to the report.
As pressure mounts from Native Americans, a growing number of media members, and the public, many wondered whether Snyder was preparing to do an about-face on his vow to never change the name of the team.
The answer is simple: no.
“There is no connection between the Redskins and this trademark,” a spokesman for the team tells 106.7 The Fan’s Grant Paulsen.
The TMZ report states Snyder and Mardirossian “formed a united front” against the county in which they reside after both were forbidden from cutting down trees on their property a few years ago. They also both attended the University of Maryland.
However, the team spokesperson adds Snyder “does not even know the man mentioned in the report.”
Mardirossian has not commented on the trademark application.