Detroit Red Wings Threaten Legal Action Against White Nationalist Rally

Here's why NHL's Detroit Red Wings forced to release a statement denouncing white nationalist group in Virginia

There is a Michigan-based white nationalist group called the Detroit Right Wings that uses the Red Wings' logo.

The Red Wings earned some plaudits for their decisive, unambiguous statement, benefitting from comparison with others who were a bit slower to speak out.

Over the weekend, various white supremacy groups marched on the grounds of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. That thing inside the wheel is an SS pattern.

The Red Wings organization condemns the use of the classic team logo at a racist white nationalist rally Saturday in Charlottesville, Va., where one group carried placards with the Detroit hockey logo.

"The Red Wings believe that hockey is for everyone and we celebrate the great diversity of our fan base and our nation".

The Red Wings had earlier issued a statement via Twitter threatening legal action and denouncing the "misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration".

The activism was allegedly in response to Charlottesville's recently announced plan to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. One woman died and 19 were hurt when a auto was driven intentionally into a throng of anti-racism demonstrators. Clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters earlier in the day injured eight and prompted Charlottesville police and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe to declare a state of emergency.

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