LANHAM, Md. (WNEW/AP) — Less than a week after the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board canceled six federal trademarks held by the Washington Redskins, calling them “disparaging to Native Americans,” the official Redskins cheerleader Instagram account posted a picture meant to celebrate five decades of their uniform history.
Some commentors on the photo questioned the timing of the post, however, since at least one of the 9 outfits pictured is an outright caricature of traditional Native American garb.
Meanwhile, the trademark cancellations are pending. The team does plan to appeal the decision, however.
The ruling does not require the team change its name, but it does make it increasingly difficult enforce any trademark infringement claims against others printing the name on sweatshirts, apparel, or other team material.
Team owner Dan Snyder has famously said he will never change the team’s name, despite claims that it is offensive.
WNEW reached out to the Redskins Wednesday. The team has no comment on the photo.