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NHL and Detroit Red Wings considering legal action after team logo used at white supremacist rally

Some white nationalists at a violent rally in Charlottesville were spotted using a modified Red Wings logo.

BOTH THE NHL and Detroit Red Wings are considering legal action in the wake of a modified version of the team’s logo being used at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was quoted by the Athletic Detroit as saying the league was “offended and outraged” and would explore legal actions to “address offensive and unauthorized” use of property.

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 Detroit Red Wings vehemently disagree with and are not associated in any way with the event taking place today in Charlottesville, Va.,” the statement read.

The Red Wings believe that hockey is for everyone and we celebrate the great diversity of our fan base and our nation. We are exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration.”

A slightly modified version of the team’s distinctive red-and-white logo is being used at the ‘Unite the Right’ rally by a Michigan group calling themselves ‘The Detroit Right Wings’.

A state of emergency has been declared in Charlottesville, where hundreds of white nationalists and counter-protesters brawled on Friday night and were still clashing the following day.

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