10 Sports Team Names That Caused Controversy

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  • London Rippers
  • Golden State Warriors
  • Cleveland Indians
  • New York Knicks
  • Ottawa Tomahawks
  • Washington Redskins
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Washington Wizards
  • Atlanta Braves
  • Kansas City Chiefs

New York Knickerbockers

On its official site, the New York Knicks (formerly New York Knickerbockers) clear up any confusion over whether their mascot is an offensive depiction of Dutch settlers in New York during the 1600s. The basketball team states that it specifically refers to the style of cropped pants, known later as "knickerbockers" or "knickers," a name that would later become largely associated with New York City.

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