Indians To Remove Chief Wahoo From Team Uniforms
- Author: Myrtle Hill Jan 30, 2018,
Jan 30, 2018, 1:00
The Indians will retain the trademark of Chief Wahoo.
The controversial "Chief Wahoo" logo will no longer appear on the Cleveland Indians' uniforms from the start of the 2019 season.
Though the Indians are finally putting an end to this logo controversy, there are still a handful of other team names and logos that have been met with criticism.
The Associated Press was informed of the decision before an official announcement was planned for Monday by Major League Baseball.
"Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game", said MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred in a statement.
"We have consistently maintained that we are cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the discussion", Dolan said.
Atlanta has also moved away from their traditional logos featuring Native Americans, but the Tomahawk Chop and other remembrances remain in the National League East.More news: A-list actors lead nominations in Razzies awards
The cartoonish image of a big-toothed American Indian with a scarlet face and a single feather in his headdress will come off the team's jersey sleeves and caps starting with the 2019 season.
Speaking to Cleveland.com, owner Paul Dolan said of the logo, "You can't help but be aware of how many of our fans are connected to Chief Wahoo".
The fight over Wahoo has spanned decades in Cleveland.
The NFL's Washington Redskins have faced longstanding pressure to change their team name, which critics cite as offensive to Native Americans.
The decision to wait until 2019 was meant to give fans and the team time to transition, according to a source familiar with the change.
"Those Native American protesters who gather at the ironically named Progressive Field-some of them members of the Cleveland American Indian Movement (AIM) and the Committee of 500 Years of Dignity and Resistance-have not been met with open arms or friendly words".
In 2016, the Cleveland Indians made the World Series, which put a special spotlight on the team's name and its mascot.
Dolan said that though some fans may still prefer Chief Wahoo to the team's newer block "C" logo, it will nevertheless no longer have a place on the diamond. A judge dismissed the case. Facing criticsm then, Manfred said that he wanted to eliminate the symbol, and debate grew more intense when it was announced that Cleveland had won the bid to host the 2019 All-Star Game.