Atlanta Braves to keep name, look into famed 'tomahawk chop' celebration


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The decision comes amid recently renewed questions on whether the name was offensive to the Native American community

The Atlanta Braves announced on Sunday that the team won't be changing its name, but will review the tomahawk chop, a well-known sports celebration, according to a report.

In an email to season-ticket holders on Sunday, the team said it wouldn't be following the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Indians in considering a name change. The team informed its fans that the Braves will remain the Braves amid recently renewed questions on whether the nickname was offensive to the Native American community.

"The Atlanta Braves honors, respects, and values the Native American community. As an organization, we have always drawn strength from our diversity and respect for everyone. That will never change," the team said in an email posted on Twitter by Paul Lukas from Uni Watch blog, according to ESPN.

The Braves said they've had a supportive relationship with the Native American community for many years.

"Last fall, we furthered this relationship and pledged to meet and listen to Native American and tribal leaders from many areas, including the Eastern Band of the Cherokees (EBCI) in North Carolina," the email continued. "As a result, we formed a cultural working relationship with the EBCI and have also formed a Native American Working Group with a diverse collection of other tribal leaders to collaborate on matters related to culture, education, outreach, and recognition on an on-going basis."

Due to those conversations, the team said changing the Braves name "is not under consideration or deemed necessary."

"We have great respect and reverence for our name and the Native American communities that have held meaningful relationships with us do as well. We will always be the Atlanta Braves," according to the email.

The team's tomahawk chop is under review. The gesture was popularized by Deion Sanders when he joined the team in the 1990s after he played for the Florida State Seminoles. The team said the chop "continues to inspire our players on the field," but management is still looking into the gesture.

"As it relates to the fan experience, including the chop, it is one of the many issues that we are working through with the advisory group," the email said. "With that in mind, we are continuing to listen to the Native American community, as well as our fans, players, and alumni to ensure we are making an informed decision on this part of our fan experience."

Both the Redskins and Indians have been reportedly considering changing their names, with the D.C. based NFL team expected to retire the longtime nickname on Monday, according to a report by Ben Fischer of the Sports Business Journal.

Meanwhile, the Indians tweeted on July 3 that they are "committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name."


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Remember that these lunatic SJW cancel culture bullies don't want kids to draw cowboys or spacemen or hunters at school if it includes weapons (guns, knives, swords, ray-guns, light sabers) and they freak out when a 5 year old shows up with fingernail clippers or hugs another 5 year old or makes a finger pistol shape. They are out of touch with reality and will push any agenda of control that they can figure out to resist and decry with chaos and discord. If we let them have the say and control then even 80,000 fans can be stopped from doing the tomahawk chop.

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They already got rid of Chief Knock-a-Homer --years ago they had a person dress up as an Indian Chief that would come out a do a war dance whenever an Atlanta Braves player hit a hit a home run
They also got rid of the Battle Drummer and War Chant during the COVID break.


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I never followed the Braves although I think the Tomahawk Chop was really cool. I also like the Milwaukee guy who slides into a mug of suds. Best for me, though, is the Wave. Wonder who that offends?
Next they'll come after the classics, the spitting, scratching, butt-slap, chest bump...the things that make America great.

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So when are the PC police going after the Vikings? Norsemen (and women) need to know when to load up the langskips (swords and axes are always sharp) :lol

. . . probably the whole state of Minnesota, even Packers fans, would go Beserk(er) [can't find the emoticon]
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What's so stupid about all this is the "Braves" nickname is supposed to be a reference to the excellent fighting ability of Native Americans, not a slur. So by getting rid of the name they actually eliminate a positive, respectful, and factual quality possessed by Indian tribes.

Now the Cleveland Indians image portrayed a stupid looking Indian which I 100% agree with getting rid of that. It's all about context and meaning.