‘Cancel tradition at work!’ Trump shares his shock amid reviews Cleveland Indians to drop their title after 105yrs — RT Sport Information
Baseball’s Cleveland Indians will be the next sports team to change their franchise name after a print campaign by activists. President Donald Trump accuses of “breaking culture”.
The Ohio-based Major League Baseball team will announce the decision to delete its current name earlier this week, the New York Times and ESPN reported, citing sources.
Trump quickly tweeted that it was “not good news, even for” Indians “, and that it was” breaking off culture at work “.
It was reportedly not clear whether the change would take effect immediately or sometime after the 2021 season.
It is also not clear how the new name will be chosen. ESPN said the team could be called Naps again – as it was before it became Indians in 1915 – or Spiders, as was the name of a late 19th century team. Another option is supposedly “The Rocks” or “The Rockers”, a reference to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.
The news comes as sports teams in the U.S. and some locations abroad are pressured by activists, sponsors, and the media to discard references that some see as ethnic slurs against Indians. The campaigns were supported by the protests and riots against racism and police brutality that rocked the United States throughout the year.
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The Cleveland team had already removed the iconic, grinning Chief Wahoo logo from their players’ uniforms after the 2018 season, which activists viewed as a racist caricature and “insensitive”. The team said in June it was having discussions to identify “the best way forward” on the name change and “need to keep improving as an organization on social justice issues”.
In July, the NFL’s Washington Redskins withdrew their logo and were renamed the Washington Football Team after threats from major sponsors for the current season.
The Chicago Blackhawks of the NHL, meanwhile, declined calls to rename. “The Chicago Blackhawks name and logo symbolize an important and historic person, Black Hawk of Sac & Fox Nation in Illinois, whose leadership and life has inspired generations of Native Americans, veterans and the general public,” the team said in a statement at July.
Similarly, MLB’s Atlanta Braves, which derives its name from a term used for Native American warriors, said in an email to ESPN in July that a possible change was “not considered or deemed necessary”.
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