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Redskins Name Change

Where There's Smoke ...

10/25/2013 7:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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10:07 AM PT: So get this.  We finally heard back from a rep for the Redskins.  He said there's no connection between the Bravehearts trademark and the Redskins.  He also said Dan Snyder doesn't know the man who filed the trademark.  We informed the rep they're neighbors on the same street ... the rep added: they still don't know each other.

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Something curious/suspicious is going on with the Washington Redskins ... there's evidence the owner might be caving to pressure to change the name.

Here's what we know.  Redskins owner Dan Snyder lives in Potomac, Maryland, a few doors down from a very rich dude, Aris Mardirossian. Aris, a wealthy patent investor, registered the name, WASHINGTON BRAVEHEARTS on October 17th.   According to the Trademark application, obtained by TMZSports, Aris plans to use the name for "Entertainment in the nature of football games."

Aris also created a company called Washington Brave Hearts, LLC on the same day -- Oct. 17th.  We've also obtained the LLC docs but there are no specifics.

As for the relationship between Aris and Dan, we're told the 2 of them formed a united front on their block a few years back -- both men wanted to cut down trees on their lots but they were being blocked by the county. 

Also, we found out both Snyder and Mardirossian attended the University of Maryland ... just at different times.

With all the hubbub over the Redskins name, it's more than curious that a man who has nothing to do with football would suddenly register the name of a football team that would solve his neighbor's problem.

We've made numerous calls to everyone involved, and almost everyone who spoke to us was tight-lipped and would not broach the subject.  Aris flat out hung up on us.  As for the Redskins, we've made multiple calls but so far, no word back.

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1.

edswoggle    

They may take our name...but they'll never take..OUR FREEDOM...to whoop the Cowgirls...

277 days ago
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Jonathan Grubbs    

It looks like he registered the domain name too: http://whois.domaintools.com/washingtonbravehearts.com

277 days ago
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susan dickerson    

WHO CARES.

277 days ago
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Marc Rinaldi    

I'll drop my season tix in a heartbeat the moment it takes effect if this turns out to be true.

277 days ago
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joeyjust4u2    

The team will always be the REDSKINS to me

277 days ago
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Eric    

Go Brave-Farts

277 days ago
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JASON    

he also registered washingtonbravehearts.com

277 days ago
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dalpor    

don' t do it! don't knuckle under to that racist POS Barry Soetoro. he's not even an american....

277 days ago
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Chris Lingebach    

You won't edit the photo to have Bravehearts crossed out with another Redskins inserted underneath...

277 days ago
10.

jim van loozen    

One word -- Warriors, and the heritage is preserved; even the fight song still works. Hail to the Warriors! Bravehearts? Is this a Mel Gibson joke?

277 days ago
11.

Donna Walker    

NOOOOOO...........NEVER CHANGE THE NAME!! NEVER!! WE LOVE THE REDSKINS!! #HTTR 4EVR

277 days ago
12.

LittleJoe    

This whole name uproar is absurd and an example of political correctness run amuck.

277 days ago
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J2    

Has anyone mentioned that maybe, the rich guy down the street, is trying to get the name first so that the Redskins have to buy it from him? For him to make some money?

277 days ago
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J2    

Did anyone mention that the guy may be trying to get all the rights to the name first, so that the Redskins have to buy it all from him to use it.. Just in case.. SO he makes some money off the deal.

277 days ago
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J2    

I've tried to add this comment 3 times so I hope it doesn't dupe. But anyway, Did anyone think that maybe the rich guy, down the street, is trying to get the rights to all those things before they change it, so if they do change it to that, they will have to buy it from him.. Since he trademarked it first? Just a way to make some money? Kinda like how Taco does in "The League" on that episode where he owns the dallas cowboys website domain name, so The owner of the Cowboys has to buy it from him.. haha Great episode.

277 days ago
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