MLB ‘Making Progress’ With Indians on Dropping Chief Wahoo Logo
The controversial Chief Wahoo logo that has been a staple of the Cleveland Indians for years may be gone forever.
On Wednesday, Pat Courtney, a spokesperson for Major League Baseball, told the New York Times’ David Waldstein that Commissioner Rob Manfred has been in constant contact with the Indians front office and he’s made it clear his “desire to transition away from the Chief Wahoo logo.”
“We have specific steps in an identified process and are making progress,” Courtney said, according to Waldstein. “We are confident that a positive resolution will be reached that will be good for the game and the club.”
The usage of the logo has caused many to boycott the Indians and hold protests outside the stadium.
During the American League Championship Series back in October, indigenous Canadian activist Douglas Cardinal filed a human rights complaint against Cleveland’s logo and nickname in an effort to prevent their usage on Canadian broadcasts. It was dismissed.
“Well, I understand that particular logo is offensive to some people, and I understand why,” Manfred said in October. “On the other side of the coin, you have a lot of fans that have history and are invested in the symbols of the Indians. I think that after the World Series, at an appropriate point in time, Mr. (Larry) Dolan and I have agreed we’ll have a conversation about what should happen with that particular logo going forward.”