The Cleveland Indians will stop using the Chief Wahoo logo on their uniforms beginning in 2019, according to Major League Baseball, which said the popular symbol was no longer appropriate for use on the field.
The logo has long been the source of anguish and frustration for those who consider it offensive, outdated and racist, but for many of the team’s fans it is a cherished insignia — a divide that has played out at all levels of sports in recent years with teams featuring such nicknames and insignias. Most universities have stopped using Native American nicknames, while other teams, like the Washington Redskins in the N.F.L., have resisted growing pressure to do so. The Wahoo logo has long been mired in controversy, especially in 2016 when the Indians were hit with a lawsuit to have the team name and logo expunged on Canadian television. Not to mention, Native Americans and local supporters continue to protest outside the stadium at every home opener to show their stern disapproval for the Wahoo logo.