Cleveland Indians To Remove ‘Racist’ Chief Wahoo Logo From Uniforms, Will Keep Selling Chief Wahoo Logo Merchandise
The Cleveland Indians are reportedly going to remove their Chief Wahoo logo from their jersey sleeves and caps in 2019 over accusations that the logo is “racist.”
However, the Indians will still sell merchandise with the Chief Wahoo logo in Northeast Ohio in order to keep ownership of the racist trademark.
The Associated Press notes there were discussions about Chief Wahoo between Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred and team owner Paul Dolan.
Manfred made no mention of the Chief Wahoo logo staying on merchandise:
Nonetheless, the club ultimately agreed with my position that the logo is no longer appropriate for on-field use in Major League Baseball, and I appreciate Mr. Dolan’s acknowledgement that removing it from the on-field uniform by the start of the 2019 season is the right course.
Dolan played along with the uniform removal narrative:
We have consistently maintained that we are cognizant and sensitive to both sides of the discussion. While we recognize many of our fans have a long-standing attachment to Chief Wahoo, I’m ultimately in agreement with Commissioner Manfred’s desire to remove the logo from our uniforms in 2019.
Groups of Native Americans and their supporters have protested for years outside the Indians’ stadium before the home opener to abolish Chief Wahoo and change Indians’ nickname.