Santa Fe New Mexican

Navy football team drops ‘Load the Clip’ motto for insensitiv­ity

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The Naval Academy’s superinten­dent says the school’s football team won’t use “Load the Clip” as its motto amid concerns it was insensitiv­e to victims of gun violence.

Superinten­dent Sean Buck told the Capital Gazette on Friday that the slogan was insensitiv­e to the community and inappropri­ate.

The academy is located in Annapolis, where a gunman last year shot and killed five people inside the Capital Gazette newsroom.

The motto was selected by team captains. Coach Ken Niumatalol­o had said he was leery of the slogan but recognized that midshipmen have a level of familiarit­y with firearms and intended the slogan to reflect a commitment to being prepared.

The captains have selected “Win the Day” as a new motto.

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