Detroit Red Wings condemn use of logo in Charlottesville protest

Ruben Hill
August 12, 2017

White nationalists clashed with counterprotesters during a rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Virginia. At least one person was arrested.

A state of emergency has been declared in Charlottesville - home of the University of Virginia - as violence has broken out between "pro-white" groups and protestors.

A video on the scene from a Huffington Post reporter showed multiple people at the rally holding up a sign with the team's logo on it white chanting "blood and soil".

Both the National Hockey League and Detroit Red Wings are considering legal action in the wake of reports that the team's logo was being used at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly decried the "irresponsible and improper use" of the logo.

The Red Wings were quick to respond with a statement, saying the team is "exploring legal action". "We will take immediate and all necessary steps to insure the use is discontinued as promptly as possible, and will vigorously pursue other remedies, as appropriate".

"The Detroit Red Wings vehemently disagree with and are not associated in any way with the event taking place today in Charlottesville, Va.", the organization said in a statement put out on social media. It is not yet evident whether that group was in attendance in Charlottesville.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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