This just might be a lower moment for Peyton Manning then the thrashing he received at the hands of the Seahawks in February.
"The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board agreed with our clients that the team's name and trademarks disparage Native Americans. The Board ruled that the Trademark Office should never have registered these trademarks in the first place," Jesse Witten, the plaintiffs' lead attorney, said in a press release. "We presented a wide variety of evidence – including dictionary definitions and other reference works, newspaper clippings, movie clips, scholarly articles, expert linguist testimony, and evidence of the historic opposition by Native American groups – to demonstrate that the word 'redskin' is an ethnic slur."
The team will appeal the case, according to a statement from its attorney, and it will be able to keep its trademark protection during appeal. Further, losing the trademark would not force the team to change its name.Here's one suggestion:
Brandon Spikes and the New England Patriots had a less-than-civil end to their partnership earlier this offseason. After the Buffalo Bills signed Spikes to a one-year contract, Spikes added fuel to the growing fire by guaranteeing not one but two beatdowns courtesy of the Bills this upcoming season.
4 years a slave— BrandonSpikes51 (@BrandonSpikes51) April 9, 2014