When a Native American sports logo isn't racist

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Warroad Warriors logo via Warroad Public Schools website

Offensive sports names and logos aren't going away anytime soon. There's the Washington Redskins' derogatory name. There's Chief Wahoo, the racist caricature logo of the Cleveland Indians. All clearly racist, all defended by owners and fans.

Changing those images is a noble cause, but sometimes, it can be a slippery slope, leading to shouting matches and more frustration. Which is exactly what happened earlier this week when the Minneapolis-based National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media took on the name and Native American logo of the Warroad Warriors, based in Warroad, Minnesota.

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Betty McCollum calls on Zygi Wilf to publicly condemn Redskins nickname

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McCollum to Wilf: "The time for debate has ended -- the name of the Washington franchise is clearly an offensive racial slur."
One surprising revelation in Chris Kluwe's nuclear account of alleged homophobia within the Vikings organization is that Zygi Wilf is actually a staunch supporter of gay rights.

Kluwe wrote that before a September 2012 game, right as the marriage amendment he was so outspoken in opposing was becoming a huge political issue in Minnesota, Wilf approached him and said, "Chris, I'm proud of what you've done. Please feel free to keep speaking out. I just came from my son's best friend's wedding to his partner in New York, and it was one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen." (The results of the Vikings' investigation into Kluwe's allegations are set to be revealed next week, so stay tuned for more on that story soon.)

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St. Paul Saints delete yucky tweet of dead bird [PHOTO]

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In the midst of their last season in the classic confines of Midway Stadium, the St. Paul Saints are currently in first place.

But one of their social media people got gross in trying to convey his or her excitement to the team's Twitter followers.

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The Twins once had a racist owner too, and his statue stands outside Target Field

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Calvin Griffith is immortalized with this statue outside Target Field.
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In light of the furor Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling generated with racist remarks he made during a recent phone conversation with his girlfriend (listen to the audio here), it's worth noting that the Minnesota Twins once had a racist owner as well.

In 1978, Calvin Griffith, owner of the Twins from the franchise's inception until 1984, told members of the Waseca Lions Club that he moved the team from Washington, D.C. to Minnesota because there are relatively few black people here.

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#LadyInPink Alyssa Nelson is the sexy star of the Wild's huge Game 6 win [VIDEO, PHOTOS]

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In the span of one Vine video, Nelson became everyone's favorite Wild fan.
Late in the second period of last night's do-or-die Game 6, the Wild needed a lift. The hometown team had already blown a two-goal lead and weren't dominating play like they had for much of the series. It felt like they were on the ropes.

Then, the #LadyInPink happened.

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Betty McCollum blasts Redskins owner for not changing team name

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McCollum: "Snyder wants to keep profiting from his team's racist brand and use those profits to attempt to buy the silence of Native Americans."
Rep. Betty McCollum is co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus, and in that role, she's led the push to get Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change the team's name, which she characterizes as a "derogatory slur akin to the 'N-word' among African Americans or the 'W-word' among Latinos."

Though NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested last fall he's open to a change, Snyder announced last night he's sticking with Redskins.

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Lynx jerseys now say "Mayo Clinic" across chest [IMAGE]

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Ads on NBA jerseys seem to be inevitable, but so far the league has resisted pressure to follow the path of European soccer.

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That's not the case in the WNBA, where today the Lynx became the sixth team to emblazon its jerseys with an advertiser's logo.

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Hopkins wins state semifinal on crazy buzzer beater [VIDEOS]

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As time expired on the fourth overtime of last night's state semifinal basketball game, Hopkins sophomore Amir Coffey's 60-foot heave somehow caught nothing but net, sending the Royals to a 49-46 win over Shakopee.

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Here's the video:

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MNGOP Rep. Garofalo savaged for tweet linking NBA players to street criminals [UPDATE]

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Garofalo: "Let's be honest, 70% of teams in NBA could fold tomorrow + nobody would notice a difference w/ possible exception of increase in streetcrime"
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Rep. Pat Garofalo, R-Farmington, is getting blasted from one corner of the internet to the other for offering up an opinion about the NBA during last night's Timberwolves game that links the league's players to street criminals.

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Since nearly 80 percent of NBA players are black, many are interpreting Garofalo's quip as having a racist subtext.

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Twin Cities has inside track for expansion MLS franchise, league commissioner says

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A rendering of what the new Vikings stadium would look like for the MLS.
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Earlier this month, Michele Kelm-Helgen, chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, told us "there's discussions going on with the MLS about getting an franchise here but nothing that's finalized." The idea, of course, is that an MLS team could play its home games at the new Vikings stadium.

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There still hasn't been anything finalized at this point, but judging by comments made during a conference call today by MLS Commissioner Don Garber, the Twin Cities has the inside track to land a team.

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