The New York Times reported Sunday night that the Cleveland Indians is moving away from a name considered racist for decades. The Indians have been internally discussing a possible name change.
A team spokesman told The Associated Press that the franchise has no immediate comment on the report.
The Times said the team could make a formal announcement later this week. It is not known when the name change will take effect or if the team has settled on a new nickname.
The estrangement of Cleveland of the Indians follows a similar decision earlier this year from the NFL football team, Washington, which were previously known as the Redskins.
For years, Native American groups and others have protested Cleveland’s use of Indians as their name, as well as other images used by the American League franchise founded in 1901. Last year, the team eliminated the controversial Chief Wahoo logo on their hats and t-shirts. But the smiling, cartoonish mascot has remained popular and merchandise bearing his image is still being sold.
The Indians have dealt with a backlash from fans upset over the impeachment of the Jefe Wahoo and the club will surely hear more with the decision to change its name.
“Oh no! What’s going on?” President Donald Trump tweeted. “This is not good news, not even for the” Indians. ” Cancel culture at work! “
In July, just hours after Washington’s plans became known after being pressured by multiple sponsors, including FedEx, which owns the naming rights to the soccer team’s stadium, Cleveland owner Paul Dolan issued a statement saying the team would review “the best way forward with our team’s name.”
In the months since, the team has consulted with players, members of the front office, technical staff, community leaders, stakeholders, and Native American groups.
A few days after the statement of Dolan, the manager of the Indians, Terry Francona, He said it was time to “move on” with the name change.
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