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BREAKING: Cleveland Indians To Stop Wearing ‘Chief Wahoo’ Logo In 2019
The longstanding debate on whether the Cleveland Indians should change the name of their team as well as the ‘Chief Wahoo’ logo has finally come to a conclusion.
The Cleveland Indians are now in the process to stop using their longtime, controversial “Chief Wahoo” logo.
Via The NY Times
“The Cleveland Indians will stop using the Chief Wahoo logo on their uniforms beginning in 2019, according to Major League Baseball, which said the popular symbol was no longer appropriate for use on the field.
Cleveland has been edging away from the logo in recent years and has used it less frequently, but beginning in 2019 it will not be seen at all on the team’s uniforms, or on banners and signs in Progressive Field, the team’s stadium. Consumers will still be able to purchase items with the logo on them at the team’s souvenir shops in the stadium and at retail outlets in the northern Ohio market, but those items will not be available for sale on M.L.B.’s website.”
Indians owner Paul Dolan then explained to the Times how he finally gave in to the pressure from commissioner Manfred to remove the logo, which many have deemed racist.
“We have consistently maintained that we are cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the discussion,” Dolan said in a statement issued by M.L.B. “While we recognize many of our fans have a longstanding attachment to Chief Wahoo, I’m ultimately in agreement with Commissioner Manfred’s desire to remove the logo from our uniforms in 2019.”