The Giants initially used "Washington" to refer to the Washington NFL team, but later used the R-word.

New York Giants Commit Giant Flip-Flop on Washington

Sheena Louise Roetman

The New York Giants got caught in a flip-flop Thursday evening on Twitter regarding the name of the Washington NFL team.

Deadspin originally reported that the Giants had tweeted out their regular season schedule around 8:30 p.m. The original image included all team names except Washington.

Photo courtesy Twitter.

A little under an hour later, the Giants tweeted the schedule again, this time using the R-word. As of publication neither tweet has been deleted.

Photo courtesy Twitter.

“We use both names for Washington,” Senior Vice President of Communications Pat Hanlan said when approached by Deadspin.

See the conversation below between Hanlan and Deadspin reporter Patrick Redford:

Patrick Redford <[email protected]> 9:03 PM (1 hour ago)

to: hanlon. re: Schedule

Hi Pat, I’m curious, was the decision not to use “Redskins” in your tweet announcing the 2015-16 schedule while you used every other team’s nickname deliberate? Thanks.

Hanlon, Pat <[email protected]>;9:21 PM (44 minutes ago)

to: me. re: Schedule

Patrick, no. We have different formats of schedule and use “Washington” and “Redskins” interchangeably... Will send the Redskins version separately

Patrick Redford <[email protected]>9:26 PM (40 minutes ago)

to: Pat. re: Schedule

Okay, but why are there two versions? Do you have other versions of the schedule where a single different team is identified by their city instead of their nickname?

Hanlon, Pat <[email protected]>9:47 PM (19 minutes ago)

to:me. re: Schedule

In response to your last question, no, on our graphics, no other team is referred to by both city and nickname.

Patrick Redford <[email protected]>9:52 PM (15 minutes ago)

to: Pat. re: Schedule

Got it. So why did the team only do one alternate one for Washington?

Hanlon, Pat <[email protected]>9:54 PM (12 minutes ago)

to: me. re: Schedule

We use both names for Washington.

As NBCSports reported, the Eagles did a similar about-face last year when their week four game was referred to only as “Eagles vs. Washington” in multiple places, including social media and the website. However, in other publications and media reports, the R-word was used.  

While Deadspin is using the R-word regularly in their reports of the incident, NBCSports has refrained and referred to the team simply as “Washington.”

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