Red Wings Threaten Legal Action over Use of Logo During Virginia Marches

Red Wings Threaten Legal Action over Use of Logo During Virginia Marches

White nationalists continued the protests Saturday morning at the University of Virginia, carrying tiki torches.

So why is the Detroit Red Wings' storied symbol being used by at least one white nationalist group? That thing inside the wheel is an SS pattern.

That's because a white nationalist group called the Detroit Right Wings, members of which made the trip to Charlottesville, adopted the logo as their own.

The Detroit Right Wings are part of the Identitarian movement, which began in Europe but has spread across the Atlantic Ocean in recent years. The team adds that it believes hockey is for everyone and celebrates the diversity of its fan base and the country. There's a lot to unpack here - we honestly just don't even know where to start - but we were baffled to see the Detroit Red Wings' logo appear in photos of some of the white supremacists' home-made riot shields.

The team immediately released a statement denouncing any involvement with their actions and what happened in the riots.

"This specific use is particularly offensive because it runs counter to the inclusiveness that our league values and champions", Daly said in an email to The Associated Press.

The group's YouTube Channel has since been taken down, with a notification stating "This video has been removed for violating YouTube's policy on hate speech".