While the Washington NFL team has been in the spotlight recently due to their name “Redskins” – which they have since removed -, they are not the only professional sports team facing controversy.
The Atlanta Braves have no intention of changing their name, but the team is facing some issues over their use of the Tomahawk Chop.
The team has removed the “Chop On” sign from Truist Park – the Braves home field. The slogan for the 2020 season is “For the A” in a shortened season that will see limited fan attendance if any.
The use of The Chop, foam red tomahawks, and the use of the “War Chant” performed by the Florida State Marching Chiefs is under review. The foam tomahawks were not distributed last season during post season play when the Braves played the St. Louis Cardinals. Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley, who is a member of the Cherokee Nation, said that the chop was insulting.
The Chop was not originated by the Braves; but rather “borrowed” from the Florida State Seminoles after some Seminole baseball players became professional players.
Like all aspects of things related to the Seminoles from uniforms to the War Chant and the Tomahawk Chop are used with the approval of the Florida Seminole Nation.
feature photo credit: By Brooke Novak from Atlanta, Georgia – STRIKE!, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2514485