Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large) issued the following statement after the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Trademark Trial and Appeal Board issued a ruling canceling the trademark registration of the Washington Football Team name arguing that the registrations must be cancelled because they were disparaging to Native Americans at the times in which they were registered:

“This ruling from the USPTO is just another step in moving us closer to changing the name.  Changing the offensive name has been a priority of mine since I have been in office and I will continue with this movement until the name goes.  The USPTO has it right and it’s time for Mr. Snyder to step up and do what’s right for the community that has been impacted by this racist and derogatory name.”