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NHL, Red Wings considering legal action after team logo used at white nationalist rally

Sporting News logo Sporting News 6 days ago Arthur Weinstein
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(Provided by Sports Illustrated)

Both the NHL 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.

Katie Strang of the Athletic Detroit reports that NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told her the league is "offended and outraged" by this and will explore legal actions to "address offensive and unauthorized" use of property.

Earlier Saturday, the Red Wings issued a statement via Twitter threatening legal action and denouncing the "misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration."

Detroit Red Wings logo © (Getty Images) Detroit Red Wings logo "The Detroit Red Wings vehemently disagree with and are not associated in any way with the event taking place today in Charlottesville, Va.," the statement read. "The Red Wings believe that Hockey is for everyone and we celebrate the great diversity of our fan base and our nation. We are exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration."

A slightly modified version of the team's distinctive red-and-white logo is being used at the "Unite the Right" rally by a Michigan group calling themselves the "The Detroit Right Wings."

A state of emergency has been declared in Charlottesville, where hundreds of white nationalists and counter-protesters brawled Friday night and were still clashing by mid-day Saturday.

Also see: 14 athletes seen as traitors (Provided by Espresso)

14 athletes seen as traitors: <p>It’s amazing how quickly an MVP can become a Benedict Arnold in the eyes of spurned <strong>sports </strong>fans. One minute a trophy is held aloft and love is professed for a team, city or country, and the next – bam! – another team, city or country is shockingly embraced. Of course, superstar <strong>athletes</strong> change allegiances all the time, especially when hundreds of millions of dollars are at stake, but the <strong>betrayals</strong> listed here simply went much too far.</p> 14 athletes seen as traitors
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