10 Sports Team Names That Caused Controversy

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

Washington Bullets

The Washington Bullets became the Washington Wizards in 1997, after the basketball team's owners wanted to distance the franchise from negative associations to gun violence. However, that name, too, caused a stir with some fans as the term Wizard is a rank within the Ku Klux Klan and the team was based in a city with a sizable African-American community. (Photo: NBA)