The Detroit Red Wings condemned the use of their logo by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va. Saturday morning and promised to explore legal ways to prevent it from happening again.
The famous winged-wheel logo of the Red Wings, an NHL hockey team, was spotted on the makeshift shields of white supremacists marching toward the "Unite The Right" rally in Charlottesville Saturday morning. The logo was apparently being used by some Michigan-based white supremacists as an identifier of their local group.
The Red Wings said the "vehemently disagree" with the group and their politics.
"The Detroit Red Wings vehemently disagree with and are not associated in any way with the event taking place today in Charlottesville, Va.," a statement from the team 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."
The rally was meant to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a park in Charlottesville, but it turned into a gathering of white supremacists from around the nation.
Anti-fascist protesters and other groups then countered those white supremacists. Confrontations between the two sides quickly turned violent and police ended the rally before it could begin Saturday morning.