Valparaiso to Drop ‘Crusaders’ Team Name Because Term Embraced by Hate Groups

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The Valparaiso Crusaders will be no more. Reports say that the team is going to drop its nickname because the term “Crusaders” is supposedly embraced by hate groups.

The school announced on Thursday that they are dumping the Crusaders mascot and all logos associated with the term.

There has been a lot of debate about getting rid of the nickname for some time, but recently it got even more heated after the Ku Klux Klan began using the symbols and words.

The school held a vote, and the faculty passed resolutions calling for a new name to be put in place moving forward.

“The negative connotation and violence associated with the Crusader imagery are not reflective of Valpo’s mission and values, which promote a welcoming and inclusive community,” Interim President Colette Irwin-Knott said.

“This is the decision that best reflects our values and community.”

A number of other schools have dumped the “Crusaders” name, so Valparaiso getting ahead of the game and announcing they are leaving it behind is not a shock.

“Valpo is and always has been a faith-based institution, and we want to make sure our symbolism is in alignment with our beliefs and speaks to the core values of the Lutheran ethos,” Irwin-Knott said.

“At Valpo, we strive to seek truth, serve generously and cultivate hope. We do not believe having the Crusader as our mascot portrays these values.”

As of now, there’s no word on when the school will decide upon a new nickname or what may be in the running to be the new name and mascot.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. It is getting so hard not to just call all of these people massive pussies. The term DBAP is getting more and more relevant. Let me be clear, if you think the name “crusaders” is “problematic” you are a limp wrist, SJW, waxed mustache pussy.

  2. What the fuck? Giant Pussies should be the new mascot. Then all the feminists will be happy because showing a giant pussy in public will mean they are woke (here is looking at you NPR) and who cares what people with decency think.

    • Exactly. They are painting themselves into a corner here where we wont have any mascots left. Think hard about that….it is a FU***** mascot! The level of meaningless shit the SJW left cares about must be exhausting.

      • Alex….perhaps you have hit the nail on the head? ….”where we won’t have any mascots left?”

        Years ago, Rush spoke about the left’s desire to destroy the NFL, because the NFL is such a unifying sport in our country. Slowly, but surely, they are destroying it. Now, they move on to college mascots. I’m a Kansas Jayhawk, and that mascot unites me with all KU alum. Get rid of that, and what do I have left to tie me to the university?

        As such, that is one reason I still watch football. The left wants to destroy it to destroy any sense of unity we have left. Identity politics at all levels. I’m not gonna play.

  3. If ‘Silence is Violence’, then the next logical step is that if a couple knuckle-draggers start calling themselves ‘Crusaders’, you don’t dare use that same nomenclature. Ridiculous. Orwell was child’s play.

  4. Love all the comments. Good shit. But it is nice to see Valpo really show the KKK what time it is. Hahaha. I’m thinking they’re going to need to eliminate any crosses from the school since the KKK burns crosses on peoples front lawns. Did I miss something or is the KKK making some kind of comeback? You can’t make this shit up

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