MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said Wednesday he plans on reassessing whether the Cleveland Indians' Chief Wahoo logo should continue having a place in the sport.
"I've talked to Mr. [Paul] Dolan about this issue," Manfred told reporters. "We've agreed away from the World Series at an appropriate time we will have a conversation about this. I want to understand fully what his view is, and we'll go from there. At this point, in this context, I'm just not prepared to say more."
Some have condemned the mascot as being racially insensitive to Native Americans. Before Cleveland faced the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series, a Native American activist in Canada petitioned a court to block the use of the Cleveland Indians name and Chief Wahoo logo.
"It's quite obviously a derogatory, cartoonish representation of an indigenous person," Michael Swinwood, a lawyer for the man who brought the suit, told the Associated Press' Rob Gillies. "The whole concept of how it demeans native people is essentially his concern."
Manfred provided more of his thoughts on the matter:
I know that that particular logo is offensive to some people, and all of us at Major League Baseball understand why. Logos are, however, primarily a local matter. The local club makes decisions about its logos. Fans get attached to logos. They become part of a team's history. So it's not easy as coming to the conclusion and realizing that the logo is offensive to some segment.
The Chief Wahoo logo has long been a source of controversy. In 2014, the team switched to the blocked "C" as its primary logo, but players voted to wear caps and uniforms donning the Chief Wahoo logo throughout the 2016 postseason.
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