Boston Bombers Basketball Team To Change Name After Marathon Attack

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Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 12:19 PM

By Michael Mullins

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The Boston Bombers, the city's semi-professional women's basketball team, will be changing their name to the Boston Bulldogs in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing.

The team's current red and black logo features a detonating bomb that contains four basketball seams running across the front.

The name change, to be announced during the week of April 29, was prompted by complaints from Boston residents after the attack.

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"We changed it due to the events Monday," a team spokesperson told Gawker. "Our fans [were] not happy with the name."

The team is a part of the Women’s Blue Chip League consisting of 40 non-salaried teams.

The team's website, BostonBombersBasketball.com, has been abandoned since the attack. Its Twitter and Facebook pages also have been deactivated, reported the International Business Times.

It's not the first time violence has led to a sports team changing its name.

In 1995, the NBA Washington Bullets changed their name to the Washington Wizards.
Owner Abe Pollin said he was changing the name because bullets had violent overtones. He cited the high homicide and crime rates in Washington, D.C., as a motivating factor.

Following the Boston attack, Nike pulled its "Boston Massacre" T-shirts that referred to the baseball rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.

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"In light of the tragedy in Boston we took immediate action last week to remove this product from distribution," a Nike spokeswoman said. "We conducted this process as quickly as possible and are confident the product has been removed from distribution."

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NFL's Redskins Under Fire for Politically Incorrect Name

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