In a notice to sellers Wednesday, Amazon said it would begin pulling merchandise featuring the Washington Redskins. The decision comes as the Washington team faces pressure to change its name, which many people consider a racial slur against Native Americans.
Amazon is the latest of several retailers to take action that also include Nike, Walmart and Target who have all pulled Washington team apparel from their online stores over the last week.
The companies were pressured to do something after a group of 87 investment firms demanded that team sponsors PepsiCo, Nike and FedEx cut ties with the franchise unless officials agree to change the name.
After discussions with the sponsors and NFL officials, Washington team owner Dan Snyder announced a formal review of the name. The abandonment of the Redskins nickname is expected to happen pretty soon.
“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field,” Snyder said in a statement announcing the review.