Posted October 25, 2013

Report: Dan Snyder’s neighbor registers ‘Washington Bravehearts’ trademark

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Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said he will never change the team's name despite opposition from members of Congress. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said he will never change the team’s name. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)

In a year in which Redskins owner Dan Snyder has been under fire from the Oneida Indian Nation and other public officials and celebrities seeking the removal of the team’s nickname, TMZ reports one of Snyder’s neighbors has registered for a trademark that might someday fit the team’s needs.

Aris Mardirossian, whom TMZ identifies as a wealthy patent investor who live a few doors down from Snyder’s Potomac, Md., home, applied for a trademark of “Washington Bravehearts” on Oct. 17.

The application, obtained by TMZ, states Mardirossian plans to use the name for “Entertainment in the nature of football games.” He also created a company entitled Washington Brave Hearts, LLC.

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From TMZ:

As for the relationship between Aris and Dan, we’re told the 2 of them formed a united front on their block a few years back — both men wanted to cut down trees on their lots but they were being blocked by the county.

Also, we found out both Snyder and Mardirossian attended the University of Maryland … just at different times.

With all the hubbub over the Redskins name, it’s more than curious that a man who has nothing to do with football would suddenly register the name of a football team that would solve his neighbor’s problem.

We’ve made numerous calls to everyone involved, and almost everyone who spoke to us was tight-lipped and would not broach the subject.  Aris flat out hung up on us.  As for the Redskins, we’ve made multiple calls but so far, no word back.

In May, Snyder said he would never change the team’s name as long as he owned it.

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Earlier this month, Snyder sent an open letter to team season-ticket holders defending the name and its history.


76 comments
Bazelope
Bazelope

Being from the South I am offended by the name YANKEES.  Change the name!

Bazelope
Bazelope

The same people that are "offended" by the name REDSKINS are the same "Redskins" that claim land and sell it off to the mob for casinos.  Frauds.


Redskins offends NO ONE!

CitizenKaykay
CitizenKaykay

Boo hoo hoo...all PC yahoos....Snyder will never change the name...if he ever does...the fanbase will disappear.

BG12
BG12

How about the Washington Fedskins?

DonTheGreen
DonTheGreen

How about just naming them the Skins.  Then the artists can have a heyday with the logo, and effectively the name never changed.

iammagicland
iammagicland

Simple solution, keep the name, but take the indian off the helmet and replace it with a potato. Of course, then all the couch potatoes would be offended...

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

Change the team name to the "Dumb Ignorant Redneck Hillbillies", and then sit back and listen to all the people who are whining about this. They'd scream like a stuck pig how "offended" they were. Nothing like a little hypocrisy to liven up your day.

bi!!y
bi!!y

I think the Indians should change their name to the Micks, Scots or Brits.  You know, a little less offensive.  Seriously, I would love it, because I am so sick of the PC crap. Better yet, please change it to the Cleveland Potatoes, because my ancestors overcame the damn perils and moved to the Good 'ol US of A.

EdwardAnthony
EdwardAnthony

So instead of the team being named after one peoples red face paint we are going to name it after another peoples blue face paint. Makes sense.

nycsports4life
nycsports4life

This is the thanks we get for leaving any of those damn dirty Indians alive. We should have just finished the job back in the 1880s when we were 95% of the way there. Just like Hitler said, "Who mourns the Armenians?" Well, who would have mourned the Indians? But here we are in 2013, perfectly good genocide wasted and we're arguing about the name of a sports team. SMH.

Rick in Huahin!
Rick in Huahin!

It's DC, come one! How about " Idiot sticks" or "Do nothings"

6marK6
6marK6

I knew someone that knew someone that was an actual redskin and they did not mind it, they said they liked it. So, I think all injuns like it and it is just liberals, with their big educations and 32 teeth that don't like it. They is all anti-Americans.

Holden
Holden

If Snyder ends up being pressured to change HIS team's name, he might consider the "No Names."  It's about the only way to give the PC, who are far more insulted than Native Americans, the middle finger.  Just imagine the uproar at NFL HQ!!

I just saw a story about the U of Colorado asking students not to wear costumes of sex workers, cowboys or Indians...I'm serious about that.  In case you hadn't noticed, Obama has saddled this Country with over $7 Trillion in new debt.  The National Debt is OVER $17 TRILLION!!

Leave the Redskins alone and pay attention to what is important.

dallasal10
dallasal10

I like the name Bravehearts.  The team can still keep their chief's headdress logo on the side of the helmet with this new name -and it has some connection to their original team's heritage, as before moving to Washington about 80 years ago, they were the Boston Braves.  And it is an original team sports name, the Bravehearts, and not just the Braves, like so many other team names.

gymviking
gymviking

They could play their home games in kilts!

amorosotom
amorosotom

Snyder being Jewish, you would think he would be more sensitive about using a racial slur for his team. 

amorosotom
amorosotom

It's a done deal. My Redskins jacket is now a collector's item. 

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

Yeah, it's basically a made-up complaint with only idiotic Liberal whiners complaining.  I'm Native American (Ojibway) and I have ZERO issues with it.  It's just a case of over-the-top Political Correctness.  Well that and stupidity.  Ridiculous.

KeysSteven
KeysSteven

"(C)urious" is right.  Could envision Dan & Aris chewing fat on the subject ("Redskins") and Arie comes up with plausible warrior image PC'ers won't touch and, to be polite, DS says, 'Sure, Arie, that's a nice one,' and Arie, being what he is (patent-pro), runs with it, files fee ($200?), word gets out, Dan hears tell, first chuckles, then gets "curious" look on his face (not all to pleased), and here we are.

And then, just maybe they're floating it (See; "NFL, Oneida...meet next week" / More NFL).

closetjaysfan
closetjaysfan

He was thinking about other movies from the 90's but Raptors was already taken...

Joking aside, its a much better name than the current. 

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

@John NoLastName - Nah, Liberals are the ones who really define the word "Hypocrisy" - listen to them hate on people who don't agree with the aberrant Gay lifestyle if you'd like to see some genuine intolerance.  LOL   

The whole politically correct stupidity currently pervading our once-great country stems from pansy liberal whiners.  Get a clue, moron.

ajh217
ajh217

@nycsports4life I can't tell if you're being serious or sarcastic.  Please tell me its sarcasm.  Otherwise you've just argued for murdering millions of people so that a football team can keep its name.

Rick in Huahin!
Rick in Huahin!

@amorosotom Why coz of his Jewish heritage? They have been embarrassing to the Palestinians, they have reaped what they have sown to others!

C-Diddy
C-Diddy

@amorosotom Please explain how it is a slur.  Please be specific in your response.

amorosotom
amorosotom

@RomarioDelLago Why do you have to be a Native American to dislike the racist name? I'm white and I think it's offensive. And it is. 

6marK6
6marK6

@C-Diddy @amorosotom Webster's Dictionary states that it is a derogatory term for Native Americans. You conservatives don't know what that term means, do you? And for the record, I have had so many gutless conservatives back down from a fight with me in the past. Cons are cowards.

amorosotom
amorosotom

@C-Diddy @amorosotom  Let's see. You don't call native Americans "redskins". It's just not done. Would you call an African American a "darkie"?

EdwardAnthony
EdwardAnthony

If it doesn't offend the people its supposed to offend how is it offensive?

EasyGoer
EasyGoer

@thdurhamThen, based on your explanation, the team should be called the "Reds," not  the Redskins.

rskins09
rskins09

@lewis_fjord @C-Diddy @amorosotom ....bobby Mitchell was the 1st black player  for the redskins ...Traded 1st round draft pick --Ernie Davis - to Browns (in same division) ...Imagine Jim Brown & Ernie Davis in the same backfield... Ernie never played a down in NFL - passed suddenly ..It was awful ...BTW, George P. Marshall was a racist  but when they'd crack on him about not having any black players his response was always :::  If  you get The Harlem Globetrotters   to get a white player I'll get a black player for the Redskins ".... 

lewis_fjord
lewis_fjord

@C-Diddy @amorosotom "This Washington football team was named by one of the most vehement racistsin the history of American professional sports. When George Marshall bought the team in 1932, they were called the Boston Braves. He changed the name -- to a slur, because he was a racist -- and moved them to Washington. He made “Dixie” one of the team’s fight songs and refused to hire black players well into the 1960s. The NFL integrated in 1946 but Marshall’s team held out until the federal government actually forced them to field black players in 1963."

lewis_fjord
lewis_fjord

@C-Diddy @amorosotom

"The name originated  from when a bounty was placed on the heads of the Aboriginal people Trappers would bring in Indian scalps along with the other animal skins that they had managed to trap or shoot. These scalps brought varying prices as did the skins of the animals. The trappers would tell the trading post owner or whoever it was that he was dealing with, that he had 2 bearskins, a couple of beaver skins...and a few scalps. Well, the term "scalp" offended the good Christian women of the community and they asked that another term be found to describe these things. So, the trappers and hunters began using the term "redskin"...they would tell the owner that they had bearskin, deer skins....and "redskins." The term came from the bloody mess that one saw when looking at the scalp...thus the term "red"...skin because it was the "skin" of an "animal" just like the others that they had...so, it became "redskins". "

thdurham
thdurham

@amorosotom @C-Diddy People do call African Americans "blacks". Caucasian Americans are usually referred to as "whites".

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

@EdwardAnthony - Don't ever bother trying to reason with a Liberal.  They're notoriously ignorant, hypocritical, and intolerent.  It's the true irony of their political party.