Red Wings denounce use of logo during demonstration, threaten legal action


The protests began Friday night when nationalists converged on the University of Virginia's campus and marched while carrying torches. At least one person was arrested.

White nationalist demonstrators walk into Lee park surrounded by counter demonstrators in Charlottesville, Va., Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

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.

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"The Detroit Red Wings vehemently disagree with and are not associated with the event taking place today in Charlottesville, Va.", the team's account posted Saturday morning.

Katie Strang of the Athletic Detroit reports that NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told her the league is "offended and outraged" by this and will explore legal actions to "address offensive and unauthorized" use of property. The team adds that it believes hockey is for everyone and celebrates the diversity of its fan base and the country.

The Red Wings were quick to respond with a statement, saying the team is "exploring legal action". It is not yet evident whether that group was in attendance in Charlottesville.