Here’s why NHL’s Detroit Red Wings forced to release a statement denouncing white nationalist group in Virginia

Here’s why NHL’s Detroit Red Wings forced to release a statement denouncing white nationalist group in Virginia

The Detroit Red Wings were quick to denounce right-wing marchers in Virginia using the NHL club's famed spoked winged-wheel logo.

The Red Wings released a statement after members of one of the right-wing groups that descended upon Charlottesville this weekend were seen carrying white shields with the Red Wings logo on the front.

Alt-right rally members, including some carrying shields with the logo of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings, are seen in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. (Go Nakamura/New York Daily News)

"The Detroit Red Wings vehemently disagree with and are not associated in any way with the event taking place today in Charlottesville, Va.," the team said in a statement. "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."

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According to Detroit's Fox2 website, a Michigan-based white nationalist group - called the Detroit Right Wings - uses the NHL team's logo without permission. The group tweeted that members of their group were in Charlottesville, per Fox2.

The NHL also released a statement condemning the group's use of the Red Wings logo.

"We are obviously outraged by the irresponsible and improper use of our intellectual property as seen this weekend in Charlottesville, Va. This specific use is directly contrary to the value of inclusiveness that our League prioritizes and champions. We will take immediate and all necessary steps to insure the use is discontinued as promptly as possible, and will vigorously pursue other remedies, as appropriate."

A state of emergency was been declared in Charlottesville - home of the University of Virginia - as violence has broken out between "pro-white" groups and counter-protestors.

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The rally was organized to protest the college town's decision to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from a city park.

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