With the continued fight for the name change, the Cleveland Indians also announced that fans will not be allowed to wear Native American headdresses or face paint. They’ve announced this today ahead of Monday’s home opener against Detroit. Here are the highlights:
- The new policy states that fans can be ejected or denied entry for not following this new protocol.
- Also, any offensive images, words, or face paint that must be removed or covered will result in refusal or ejection immediately.
- This is not a new thing because the Kansas City Chiefs announced the same type of regulations last year.
- Fans will still be allowed to wear caps and clothing featuring Chief Wahoo (the team’s mascot).
- The reason behind the name change is the nationwide movement to ban racist symbols and slogans.
- Although the name change won’t take place until 2022 at the earliest, they’re headed in the right direction.
- Owner Paul Dolan told The Associated Press back in December 2020, the new name won’t feature any connotations or themes regarding Native Americans.
- The first team to change their name was the Washington Football Team (formerly known as the Washington Redskins).