Adidas Will Keep Endorsement Deal with Redskins’ RG3 Even After Announcing Mascot Initiative

Adidas will reportedly keep its endorsement deal with Redskins backup quarterback Robert Griffin III even after announcing on Thursday that the company would offer financial assistance to high schools that are willing to drop Native American mascots.

According to the Washington Post, Adidas spokesperson Michael Ehlrich “said that Adidas’s stance would not impact its relationship with Griffin” though Griffin’s “name and image is now nearly impossible to find” on Adidas’s website.

Though President Barack Obama praised Adidas for its initiative, the Redskins quickly called out the company for its hypocrisy.

“The hypocrisy of changing names at the high school level of play and continuing to profit off of professional like-named teams is absurd,” Redskins spokesman Maury Lane said in a Thursday statement. “Adidas make hundreds of millions of dollars selling uniforms to teams like the Chicago Blackhawks and the Golden State Warriors, while profiting off sales of fan apparel for the Cleveland Indians, Florida State Seminoles, Atlanta Braves and many other like-named teams.”

 


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