Navy Football Team Drops Motto 'Load The Clip' After Sensitivity Concerns

The U.S. Navy's football team changed its motto from 'Load the Clip' to 'Win the Day' after newspaper raised concerns

Annapolis, MD – The U.S. Navy college football team changed its motto for this season after reporters from The Capital Gazette questioned whether it was insensitive after the deadly shooting in its newsroom in 2018.

The seniors on the Navy team chose “Load the Clip” as the motto for the 2019 season but then changed it to “Win the Day” on Aug. 2, according to ESPN.

Jarrod Ramos shot and killed five employees of the Capital Gazette, which is located in Annapolis, on June 28, 2018.

Ramos used a shotgun to go on his killing spree, which also injured two other newspaper employees, according to ESPN.

"It is always my priority, part of my mission statement, for the Navy to be a good neighbor," Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Sean Buck said in a statement to the Capital Gazette, according to ESPN. "The bottom line is, we missed the mark here."

"The initial internal football team motto selected, 'Load the Clip,' was inappropriate and insensitive to the community we call home, and for that, I take responsibility for, and apologize to not only the Capital Gazette, but the entire Annapolis community," he said.

Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo had shown concern about using the “Load the Clip” motto at the American Athletic Conference media days in July.

"Clearly it's a metaphor that speaks to the fact we're going to battle every weekend, and when you go to battle, you need to have enough ammunition," Niumatalolo said. "It means you have to be prepared for the fight, and that is a process that happens every day."

Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk said he was in favor to change the motto to “Win the Day.”

"Our coaches and midshipmen realized that the direction they were headed created sensitivities that were not aligned with the original intent," Gladchuk said in a statement, according to ESPN. "Corrective measures were taken immediately and on behalf of the team at large, our sincerest apologies to anyone who was offended. It was a lesson learned and it's important that everything we do at the Naval Academy represents not only appropriate action, but assumed responsibility. We are hopeful we can now put this behind us and 'Win the Day.'"

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artw44
artw44

Want to know what's wrong with our country, it starts right there.

Jeffreyp
Jeffreyp

The Navy is a protector, that's being a good enough neighbor in my book. When the military becomes sensitive, we've got problems. Real problems.

Divadeb
Divadeb

I think these politically correct/Social justice warriors should be in a mental health facilities,seriously if every word offends,what we wear offends,what we eat offends,then get them off the streets bc that is a mental condition&shame on all those who say nothing. I wear what I like,I eat what I like&I say what I want,the only time to be offended is when someone calls you a horrible name or threatens to harm somebody/animal. I refuse to cave to a bunch of babies looking for new ways to be offended. Instead of whining look for ways to help other Americans who are less fortunate&be a Hero for once in their miserable,self centered,pathetic life. #WhinersAreLosers #BeAHero

walkintall
walkintall

Everybody knows that it's shit like this that makes space aliens fly right by Earth without stopping to give us the cure for cancer. That's what I want....A sensitive Navy. Holy shit--Pass the Anacin.

BD54
BD54

Since a shotgun was used in the shooting, no clip was involved. Where is the insensitivity in that. If you are going to be a newspaper in a military town, you had better quit with the over-insensitivity.

SDLucas
SDLucas

The language and standards of professional warriors and others in similar roles will never be properly understood by those outside those roles. We just need to remember that being understood and accepted is not an essential requirement of our jobs and be careful how we talk to the political leadership, the public and small children... they are too easily frightened, offended, and confused.

Janko
Janko

Can't have Naval officers having anything to do with weapons. They might shoot somebody some day. . .oh, wait.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

Lock and load your the magazines men they are coming for your guns.

DaleMcNamee
DaleMcNamee

F*** all of the tyranny of the "sensitive and offended" and those who gave in to them !

Popcop.M1
Popcop.M1

Figures the Navy would address a magazine as a 'clip'. If you said that word in the academy back in my old days, you were doing three count jumping jacks until your legs fell off.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

Sailors turned flaccid sissies ... Puke!!

Marine.001
Marine.001

Now are Navy is too soft. We ARE becoming a bunch of apologists. I’m a Marine and no way in Gods green earth we’d say sorry cuz someone is too sensitive

Gap Filler
Gap Filler

For christ's sake people, get the fuck over it and put your big girl panties on, it's just a motto and can't hurt you!