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20 Sports Teams With ‘Offensive’ Nicknames

20 Sports Team Nicknames that are Wildly 'Offensive'

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The buzz around the sports world right now surrounds the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians due to their nicknames and logos offensively portraying Native Americans. So why not take that a step further? With how easily Americans are offended these days, it’s almost as if any team’s nickname could be construed as offensive.

Here’s a look at 20 sports teams that have wildly “offensive” nicknames.

Pittsburgh Steelers

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Pittsburgh Steelers

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Throughout the years, there have been so many people who have died working in steel mills. Did Pittsburgh not think of the grieving families when it decided on its nickname?

New York Yankees

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New York Yankees

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If you have any knowledge of the Civil War, then you know exactly why this is offensive. Not only was it used as a derogatory term back then, but it’s still used to demean someone who isn’t from your part of town.

Tulane Green Wave

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Tulane Green Wave

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Those poor people of New Orleans suffered one of the biggest natural disasters in US history when Hurricane Katrina hit, and Tulane thinks having a huge wave as their nickname is appropriate. Just despicable.

San Jose Earthquakes

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San Jose Earthquakes

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They might be in California and know what it’s like to deal with an earthquake, but San Jose still shouldn’t make those terrible tremors seem like a good thing. Just ask the folks of Northridge how they feel about that.

South Carolina Gamecocks

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South Carolina Gamecocks

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Come on now. I know it’s just a bird, but that nickname is rather offensive. The fact that the mascot is named “Cocky” is just a back-handed slap because they know they’ve gotten away with a having a crude nickname.

Colorado Avalanche

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Colorado Avalanche

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Another team glorifying a natural disaster that takes lives all the time. This trend of naming teams after catastrophic events is just disgusting.

Cleveland Browns

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Cleveland Browns

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I guess “Browns” isn’t necessarily offensive on its own, but any Cleveland franchise is offensive just because it’s from Cleveland. Plus, the “Browns” most look like and incite thoughts of a piece of… You know what.

Milwaukee Brewers

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Milwaukee Brewers

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Recovering alcoholics must have a hard time being baseball fans in Wisconsin. They can’t take part in America’s past time without being reminded of the vice their trying so hard to avoid. Leave it to the Brewers to counteract all of AA’s hard work.

Idaho Vandals

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Idaho Vandals

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Yeah, let’s condone breaking things and being a nuisance to society. Way to give all of those rebellious teenagers out there the perception that being a vandal is acceptable.

Portland Timbers

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Portland Timbers

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As if enough trees aren’t already being cut down, the Timbers are basically condoning global warming. All of those nature conservationists must be so offended by this inconsiderate MLS team.

Green Bay Packers

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Green Bay Packers

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Named after the “Indian Packing Company,” the Packers continue to poke fun at all of those factory workers who are underpaid and underappreciated. The divide between NFL players and blue collar folks continues to widen…

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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So it’s not just Native Americans who are having shots taken at them. Apparently the people at the University of Notre Dame are making a mockery of the Irish and the stereotype that they tend to drink and get into fights. It’s just so insulting.

Boston Celtics

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Boston Celtics

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Same situation. I’m curious to see the stats on how many of the Celtics’ players, coaches and officials are actually of Irish decent. Complete misrepresentation of a proud group of people.

New York Giants

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New York Giants

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I feel so bad for all of those abnormally tall people out there who have their differences shoved in their faces every time they watch a Giants game. How insensitive.

Washington Wizards

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Washington Wizards

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Magic is the work of the Devil, at least according to some people. For those radically religious people who aren’t fans of magic, the Wizards moniker is simply appalling.

New Orleans Saints

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New Orleans Saints

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What about the other side of the spectrum? For those atheist and satanic folks who don’t believe in a higher being, the nickname Saints completely fails to take their personal preferences into account.

Los Angeles Angels

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Los Angeles Angels

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Again, just completely ignoring how the atheists and satanic people of the world feel. It’s like the Angels were just aiming to be offensive.

Miami Dolphins

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Miami Dolphins

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Not only are numerous species of dolphins endangered, but they continue to be illegally hunted every day. How about you people in Miami have a heart and stop using the dolphins’ peril for your benefit?

Charlotte Hornets

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Charlotte Hornets

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Approximately 75 people die from stings every year due to anaphylactic shock. While that might not seem like a lot, having Hornets as a mascot just mocks those who lost loved ones to those flying fiends.

Oakland Raiders

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Oakland Raiders

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If this one really needs to be explained to you, you’re either a Raiders fan or you have the IQ of a gold fish.