Despite what you may have read recently, the Washington Redskins are not changing their name, reports the Washington Post.
"An alliance of American Indian activists launched several online Web pages disguised as legitimate news outlets Wednesday, falsely claiming the Washington Redskins have bowed to political pressure and changed their controversial team nickname to the Redhawks," the Post noted.
According to USA Today, the fake websites announcing the team's decision to become the 'Washington Redhawks' were seeing significant online presence.
Each was very carefully crafted to mirror the appearances of well-known outlets including the Washington Post, ESPN, and Sports Illustrated.
NBA writer William Bohl was among those fooled by the hoax.
I consider these rules to be binding, and as such, and since I fell for that "Washington RedHawks" story, a new avi is incoming. It will remain in place until 12/20/2017.
A counterfeit Redskins homepage was making the rounds as well and included a news release.
"The updated 'Washington Redhawks' was inspired by team owner Dan Snyder's deep admiration for Native Americans. 'It is a symbol of everything we stand for: strength, courage, pride, and respect—the same values we know guide Native Americans and which are embedded throughout their rich history as the original Americans,'" the release noted.
Eric Morrow, a BuzzFeed News editor, tweeted news of the elaborate hoax and noted that "the urls are all wrong."
It has also been discovered that the web addresses used were created only recently.
"This morning, the Redskins organization was made aware of fraudulent websites about our team name. The name of the team is the Washington Redskins and will remain that for the future," a team spokesperson told Politico in response to the hoax.
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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02: Wide receiver Darreus Rogers #1 of the USC Trojans celebrates after defeating the Penn State Nittany Lions 52-49 to win the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko serves against Roberta Vinci of Italy in the women's first round at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane on January 2, 2017. / AFP / SAEED KHAN / --IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE-- (Photo credit should read SAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - Markus Eisenbichler of Germany soars during the trial jump of the ski jumping event in Bischofshofen, which is the fourth station of the Four-Hills Ski Jumping.tournament (Vierschanzentournee), on January 5, 2017. / AFP / APA / BARBARA GINDL / Austria OUT (Photo credit should read BARBARA GINDL/AFP/Getty Images)
MORGANTOWN, WV - JANUARY 07: The West Virginia Mountaineers huddle before the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at the WVU Coliseum on January 7, 2017 in Morgantown, West Virginia. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 09: Quarterback Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers is tackled short of the first down by linebacker Reuben Foster #10 and defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide during the third quarter of the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
TURIN, ITALY - JANUARY 15: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been created using multiple exposure in camera) Bianca Walter of Germany leads the pack in the Ladies 1000m quarter final during day 2 of the European Short Track Speed Skating Championships at Palavela Arena on January 15, 2017 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley catches a first down pass in front of Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell in the fourth quarter during the AFC Divisional Playoff game on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. (John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder dunks after a steal against the LA Clippers at Staples Center on January 16, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21: Serena Williams of the United States serves in her third round match against Nicole Gibbs of the Unites States on day six of the 2017 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
TOLUCA, MEXICO - JANUARY 22: Silhouettes of Gabriel Hauche of Toluca struggles for the ball with Mateus Goncalves of Chiapas during a match between Toluca and Chiapas as part of the Clausura 2017 Liga MX at Nemesio Diez Stadium on January 22, 2017 in Toluca, Mexico. (Photo by Hector Vivas/LatinContent/Getty Images)
MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 04: Raffael of Moenchengladbach celebrates the second goal during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and SC Freiburg at Borussia-Park on February 4, 2017 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 05: Julian Edelman #11 of the New England Patriots makes a 23 yard catch in the fourth quarter against Ricardo Allen #37, Robert Alford #23 and Keanu Neal #22 of the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium on February 5, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
STRATFORD, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: West Ham United players celebrates their team's second goal by Manuel Lanzini (obscured) during the Premier League match between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion at London Stadium on February 11, 2017 in Stratford, England. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
WACO, TX - FEBRUARY 18: Josh Jackson #11 of the Kansas Jayhawks has the ball deflect off his face as Ishmail Wainright #24 of the Baylor Bears defends in the second half at the Ferrell Center on February 18, 2017 in Waco, Texas. Kansas won 67-65. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
KOENIGSSEE, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 24: Martins Dukurs of Latvia competes in the first run of the IBSF World Championships Bob & Skeleton 2017 at Deutsche Post Eisarena Koenigssee on February 24, 2017 in Koenigssee, Germany. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
WARWICK, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 24: Paddy Brennan riding Global Stage fall at the last at Warwick Racecourse on February 24, 2017 in Warwick, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
EMPOLI, ITALY - MARCH 05: Julies Oliver Ntcham (R) of Genoa CFC celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between Empoli FC and Genoa CFC at Stadio Carlo Castellani on March 5, 2017 in Empoli, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 25: Daniel Winnik #26 of the Washington Capitals scores an empty net goal in front of Jamie McGinn #88 of the Arizona Coyotes during the third period at Verizon Center on March 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. The goal was his second goal of the third period.(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 30: Corey Oates of the Broncos is tackled by Brenko Lee of the Bulldogs during the round five NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Brisbane Broncos at ANZ Stadium on March 30, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)
NEWARK, NJ - APRIL 06: Patric Hornqvist #72 of the Pittsburgh Penguins scores on the powerplay at 7:45 of the second period against Cory Schneider #35 of the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 6, 2017 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
STUTTGART, GERMANY - APRIL 09: A general view during the Second Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and Karlsruher SC at Mercedes-Benz Arena on April 9, 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Bongarts/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - APRIL 19: Centerfielder Christian Yelich #21 of the Miami Marlins hits the wall after making a catch on a ball hit by Jarrod Dyson #1 of the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a game at Safeco Field on April 19, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 30: Isaiah Thomas #4 of the Boston Celtics reacts during the second quarter of Game One of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Washington Wizards at TD Garden on April 30, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Thomas lost his front tooth after colliding with Otto Porter Jr. #22. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, VICTORIA - MAY 06: Ben Reid of the Magpies, Matthew Kreuzer of the Blues and Levi Casboult of the Blues compete for the ball during the round seven AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Carlton Blues at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 6, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media/Getty Images)
BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - MAY 07: (Retransmission of image #679942610 with alternative crop ) Harlee Dean of Brentford and Craig Conway of Blackburn Rovers confront each other during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Blackburn Rovers at Griffin Park on May 7, 2017 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - MAY 12: Ecem Cankaya of Turkey competes in the Individual Gymnastics Qualification during day one of Baku 2017 - 4th Islamic Solidarity Games at the National Gymnastics Arena on May 12, 2017 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 14: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches in the fourth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 14, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Players are wearing pink to celebrate Mother's Day weekend and support breast cancer awareness. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - MAY 16: Cody McLeod #55 of the Nashville Predators and Jared Boll #40 of the Anaheim Ducks fight during the second period in Game Three of the Western Conference Final during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bridgestone Arena on May 16, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
BAKU, AZERBAIJAN - MAY 21: Turkey's Demir Selim smashes the ball during the Men's Volleyball Bronze medal match between Algeria and Turkey on day ten of the Baku 2017 - 4th Islamic Solidarity Games at the Crystal Hall on May 21, 2017 in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Photo by Aziz Karimov/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 29: Ender Inciarte #11 of the Atlanta Braves runs past members of the military prior to a game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim during the inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California. The military was present to honor Memorial Day. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 03: Gael Monfils of France watches the flight of the ball during the mens singles third round match against Richard Gasquet of France on day seven of the 2017 French Open at Roland Garros on June 3, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 08: Roman Josi #59 of the Nashville Predators and Evgeni Malkin #71 of the Pittsburgh Penguins fight in the third period in Game Five of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Final at PPG PAINTS Arena on June 8, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 08: Dean Towers of the Swans is tackled as he marks the ball during the round 12 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at Sydney Cricket Ground on June 8, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/AFL Media/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 11: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates victory following the mens singles final against Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland on day fifteen of the 2017 French Open at Roland Garros on June 11, 2017 in Paris, France. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 15: Ty Kelly #15 of the Philadelphia Phillies gets interviewed after the game about his game winning hit, as Powerade is about to rain down at Citizens Bank Park on June 15, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies won 1-0. (Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 23: Enrique Hernandez #14 of the Los Angeles Dodgers breaks his bat on a single in the first inning of the game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on June 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 25: Alen Hanson #39 of the Chicago White Sox is tagged out at the plate after a wild pitch by starting pitcher Sonny Gray #54 of the Oakland Athletics in the 1st inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on June 25, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 14: Anna Voloshyna and Valyzaveta Yakhno of Ukraine competes during the Womens Synchronised Duet Technical, Preliminary round on day one of the Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships on July 14, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - JULY 15: Billy Hamilton #6 of the Cincinnati Reds steals second base in the second inning against the Washington Nationals at Great American Ball Park on July 15, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 28: Ginger Huber of the United States competes during the Women's High Dive, preliminary round on day fifteen of the Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships on July 28, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 03: Joe Mauer #7 of the Minnesota Twins misses a catch in foul territory of the ball hit by Robinson Chirinos #61 of the Texas Rangers during the fourth inning of the game on August 3, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
Athletics - World Athletics Championships ? Men's 10000 Final - London Stadium, London, Britain - August 4, 2017. Mohamed Farah of Great Britain celebrates as he wins the race. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Women's Pole Vault Final ? London Stadium, London, Britain - August 6, 2017. Anicka Newell of Canada reacts. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ST. LOUIS, MO - AUGUST 9: Lorenzo Cain #6 of the Kansas City Royals watches a kitten run across the outfield in the sixth inning during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on August 9, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - AUGUST 10: Cyrus Jones #41 of the New England Patriots runs against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first half of a preseason game at Gillette Stadium on August 10, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 10: Athletes including Laura Muir of Great Britain react following the womens 5000 metres heats during day seven of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 10, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11: Kendra Harrison of the United States prepares to compete in the Women's 100 metres hurdles semi finals during day eight of the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships London 2017 at The London Stadium on August 11, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 20: A scorekeeper pops his head out of the Green Mosnter while Andrew Benintendi #16 of the Boston Red Sox makes a catch in the sixth inning of a game against the New York Yankees at Fenway Park on August 20, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26: (R-L) Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a punch at Conor McGregor during their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Sloane Stephens (C) of the US poses with her winning trophy after defeating compatriot Madison Keys during their 2017 US Open Women's Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 9, 2017. Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday's US Open final. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 11: Jerick McKinnon #21 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball in the first quarter of the game against the New Orleans Saints on September 11, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
OBERSTDORF, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 30: (EDITORS NOTE: Multiple exposures were combined in camera to produce this image.) Penny Coomes and Nicholas Buckland of Great Britain perform in the Gala Exhibition during the Nebelhorn Trophy 2017 at Eissportzentrum on September 30, 2017 in Oberstdorf, Germany. (Photo by Joosep Martinson - ISU/ISU via Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 05: Gustav Forsling #42 of the Chicago Blackhawks skates out to the ice prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the United Center on October 5, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Blackhawks defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 10-1. (Photo by Chase Agnello-Dean/NHLI via Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 15: Marshon Lattimore #23 of the New Orleans Saints breaks up a pass thrown to Golden Tate #15 of the Detroit Lions at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 15, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints defeated the Lions 52-38. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 22: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts as fog falls on the field during the fourth quarter of a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Gillette Stadium on October 22, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 30: Alex Bregman #2 of the Houston Astros celebrates with teammates after hitting a game-winning single during the tenth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game five of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park on October 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. The Astros defeated the Dodgers 13-12. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
NEW ORLEANS, LA - OCTOBER 29: Ted Ginn #19 of the New Orleans Saints catches a pass as he is defended by Eddie Jackson #39 of the Chicago Bears during the fourth quarter at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 29, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 05: Alex Smith #11 of the Kansas City Chiefs passes the ball under pressure from Jaylon Smith #54 of the Dallas Cowboys and Brian Price #92 of the Dallas Cowboys in the second quarter of a football game at AT&T Stadium on November 5, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
Dec 9, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Army Black Knights defensive back Elijah Riley (23) celebrates in the snow after a victory against the Navy Midshipmen in the the 118th Army Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
ORCHARD PARK, NY - DECEMBER 10: Colton Schmidt #6 of the Buffalo Bills walks the field before a game against the Indianapolis Colts on December 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)