Many Detroit Red Wings fans were confused to see their favorite team’s logo waving among swastikas, confederate flags, and other symbols of hate at a massive white supremacist gathering in Virginia on Saturday.
One widely shared video shows a group of racists carrying homemade shields marked with the team’s insignia and chanting the Nazi slogan “blood and soil” as they poured into Charlottesville.
— Christopher Mathias (@letsgomathias) August 12, 2017
Lest you think that the Detroit hockey team has become a hate group, its front office said in a statement on Saturday that it “vehemently disagrees” with the Nazis who’ve repurposed its trademarks. The team said it’s “exploring every possible legal action.”
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) August 12, 2017
The NHL also said it was “outraged” too.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 12, 2017
The logo probably owes its appearance at the rally to a similarly named white nationalist group, called the Detroit Right Wings, though that hasn’t been confirmed. The so-called “identitarians” do have a defunct YouTube channel and a now-suspended Twitter account that use the logo, and the slogan “Rust Reforged.”
A state of emergency has been called in the city after the white supremacists violently clashed with counter-protesters, and at least one death has been confirmed.
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