Major League Baseball has mandated that the Cleveland Indians stop using its offensive logo.
Beginning in 2019, the Cleveland Indians will bring and end to their controversial Chief Wahoo logo. The change was announced by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred on Monday.
In a statement, Manfred said that the removal is the fruit of “constructive conversations” between the Major League Baseball and Indians CEO and chairman Paul Dolan over the past year.
“Major League Baseball is committed to building a culture of diversity and inclusion throughout the game,” said Manfred in the statement. “Over the past year, we encouraged dialogue with the Indians organization about the club’s use of the Chief Wahoo logo.
“During our constructive conversations, Paul Dolan made clear that there are fans who have a longstanding attachment to the logo and its place in the history of the team. 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.”
Chief Wahoo is a caricature of a Native American man that the franchise has used one iteration of it or another since the 1940s and has long been a target of scrutiny, as critics claimed the red-faced, grinning logo is offensive to the Native American community.