One of the most debated logo in sports history, the infamous Chief on the Cleveland Indians’ hat, is being removed from the uniforms next year.
The polarizing mascot will be disappearing from jersey sleeves and hats after a lengthy discussion between team owner Paul Dolan and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. The extremely offensive caricature features a smiling red-faced Indian with big teeth and a feather poking out from behind his head. Though the logo has changed over the years, the essence of it hasn’t changed since 1947.
“Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game.Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organization about the club’s use of the Chief Wahoo logo. During our constructive conversations, Paul Dolan made clear that there are fans who have a longstanding attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team,” Manfred said in a statement.
Sadly, Chief Wahoo won’t disappear completely, according to the AP the team “must maintain a retail presence so that MLB and the Indians can keep ownership of the trademark.”
Philip Yenyo, executive director of the American Indian Movement of Ohio is happy about the logo being removed from jerseys but wishes the team would completely stop using it, wondering why the organization won’t just make the leap already.
“I’m elated. But at the same time, I think it should be this year. I don’t understand why they’re drawing this out. It doesn’t make any sense to me unless they want to continue to make what’s basically blood money,” Yenyo said.
Once the news hit, some fans were happy that the Cleveland Indians would take a more politically correct approach while others were too attached to the racist figure.
Now that the Indians are on the right path, it’s your move, Redskins.