The Detroit Red Wings have found themselves unwittingly involved in the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that became national new Friday night and into Saturday.

Amid several thousand neo-Nazis and other white supremacists were members of a group called the Detroit Right Wings, who use the Red Wings’ logo to represent their organization.

The signs caused enough commotion online that the Red Wings felt the need to issue a statement, which appropriately condemned the white supremacists who co-opted their logo.

The Red Wings said they are “exploring every possible legal action as it pertains to the misuse of our logo in this disturbing demonstration.”

The Red Wings earned some plaudits for their decisive, unambiguous statement, benefitting from comparison with others who were a bit slower to speak out.

The situation in Charlottesville has gotten incredibly ugly, with one right-wing protester driving through a crowd of counter-protesters with his car.

Our only gripe with the Red Wings’ statement was the use of the word “disturbing” to describe the rally. Clearly, that was an understatement.

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