One of the biggest sponsors of the Canadian Football League’s Edmonton Eskimos says it will cut ties with the team unless it changes its name.
Belairdirect, a car and home insurance company and one of the team’s premier partners made a statement Tuesday that pretty much said the team’s name, which has been used since the late 19th century, is no longer appropriate.
“One of our core values is respect, which is founded on seeing diversity as a strength, being inclusive and collaborative,” the company said in a statement to CBC News.
A spokesperson for the Eskimos organization said the team was preparing an internal statement that would likely be released Wednesday. Tick tock guys. Today is Wednesday. Do you want to be on the right or wrong side of history?
I think within the next year all team names associated with native tribes will be changed. It’s 2020 people time to move on.
Let’s help the beautiful city of Edmonton and workshop some names. I’ll start.
Edmonton ‘Our Downtown Core Stinks’
Edmonton Oil Diggers
Edmonton Large Drills