I understand the thought, but I don't see the point. You can't deter people from using a word that has now become commonplace. Maybe if you tried this twenty years ago, as well as alongside everyone else in the USA. Heck, I was on the train the other day and I sat next to two black guys in their 20s. They said it 32 times (I counted) between them in eight stops. The word has taken on its own meaning. It may have started as a way to lessen the evil of its longer version, but now means nothing more than "dude" or "guy".
I agree, I think it's all rumors at this point. But the one being floated around looks like a college football team logo at best. I don't think they would be silly enough to take the flag out entirely, of course nothing would surprise me though. Chrome face mask is puzzling to me as well, but hey, whatever works for them.
I just went to the Tampa board. It is indeed a chop of an Oregon Ducks helmet.