When the Washington Commanders had been known as the Redskins, one factor that made them particular was the well-known offensive line they’d on the time they received three Tremendous Bowls, which turned legendary below the identify ‘The Hogs’.
This Sunday, once they face the Cleveland Browns, the Commanders will unveil a brand new mascot, however a number of group legends who belonged to that well-known offensive line do not wish to be related to the present group or its proprietor, Dan Snyder.
They’re threatening to sue Snyder
The brand new mascot will likely be both a hog or a canine, and would be the product of a fan vote to find out the brand new look. The pig is clearly in honor of that well-known OL. For the disclosing ceremony, some legends of the then Washington Redskins will likely be in attendance, together with their former coach, Joe Gibbs.
There will even be a number of members of the ‘Hogs’ and the ‘Hogettes’, who had been the OL cheerleaders and who will likely be in costume for the primary time in 11 years.
Nonetheless, by way of their representatives, five members of the unique Hogs offensive line issued an announcement saying they “don’t wish to be related to the Commanders below their present possession and administration and require that their legacy and model be protected.”
They need the ‘Hogs’ legacy preserved
The 5 ‘Hogs legends who signed the assertion are Joe Jacoby, Mark Could, John Riggins, Fred Dean and Doc Walker, who’re calling for the time period ‘Hogs’ to develop into trademarked, for which they’ve threatened authorized motion in opposition to the group.
“Dan Snyder and the Washington Commanders are trying to benefit from the unique Hogs legacy by appropriating the trademark and the goodwill and model fairness related to the unique Hogs,” the textual content reads.
“The Commanders are utilizing the unique Hogs model for industrial functions with out compensating the lads whose blood and sweat constructed the unique model 40 years in the past,” it provides.
“The newly created Washington Commanders, are a special franchise with a totally totally different group identify that we imagine has no authorized declare to the unique Hogs legacy and the model created 40 years in the past,” the group provides.
For his or her half, the Commanders replied with an official assertion, “It is going to be a celebration of the best offensive line to ever play the game. The Hogs are a key a part of our franchise’s historical past and we wish to preserve their legacy alive with the subsequent era of followers. We’ve got been working with the Hogs on this occasion for six months and sit up for welcoming them and Coach Gibbs.”