During the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virgina, some of the activist group members were seen holding items that bore the logo of The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Detroit Red Wings. On Saturday, the team condemned the activist group.
“The Detroit Red Wings vehemently disagree with and are not associated in any way with the event taking place today in Charlottesville, Va,” the team tweeted in a statement. “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.”
According to a report by USA Today, the logo may not have been the NHL team’s mark, however. According to their report, a Michigan white supremacist group called the Detroit Right Wings uses a variation of the team’s logo as their hallmark. The variation — a red and white car tire with two bird wings attached – looks almost identical when placed side by side with the NHL logo.
A Twitter user posted a good comparison, commenting: “The Nazis basically Nazi-fied the Red Wings logo. That thing inside the wheel is an SS pattern.”
The Nazis basically Nazi-fied the Red Wings logo. That thing inside the wheel is an SS pattern. pic.twitter.com/8nB8DZL6jg
— Dunkirk Van Houten (@50_MissionCap) August 12, 2017
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) August 12, 2017
The Charlottesville event, which began as a protest over the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee from a Virginia park, turned into a riot after fights broke out between protesters and counter-protesters. The verbal exchanges eventually lead to physical altercations and other violence, including the death of a young paralegal.
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