Red Wings denounce use of logo during demonstration, threaten legal action

With a state of emergency declared in Virginia amid violent protests by white nationalists in Charlottesville, the Detroit Red Wings said Saturday that their logo, displayed on some protesters’ placards, has no place at the “Unite the Right” rally.

The group has been marching with the Red Wings logo and displays it on their YouTube channel, which has a total of 16 subscribers.

The organization said it is exploring legal action against those who are misusing the logo.

A white nationalist group from MI that calls itself the Detroit Right Wings tweeted Friday night that members had arrived for the rally in Charlottesville. It is not yet evident whether that group was in attendance in Charlottesville.

Several signs sporting the iconic winged-wheel logo emerged during the demonstration as supporters and counter-protesters clashed during a rally of white nationalists at the University of Virginia.

Right-wing blogger Jason Kessler planned what he called a “pro-white” rally to protest Charlottesville’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee from a city park. Fights broke out Friday night when hundreds of white nationalists marched through the UVA campus carrying torches.