Indians minimize use of Chief Wahoo logo, won't eliminate
The Cleveland Indians plan to continue using the Chief Wahoo logo, but acknowledge it has been moved to secondary status.
"We have gone to the Block C as our primary mark," Indians owner Paul Dolan told Terry Pluto of the Plain Dealer. "Clearly, we are using it more heavily than we are the Chief Wahoo logo."
The Indians have been scaling back the use of the Chief Wahoo logo in recent years, as the cartoon caricature of a Native American face has been considered offensive to some. The club removed the logo from their home batting helmet in 2013. However, it still is found on the sleeve of the team's jerseys, and will remain there.
"(We have) no plans to get rid of Chief Wahoo," Dolan said. "It is part of our history and legacy.
"We do have empathy for those who take issue with it. We have minimized the use of it and we'll continue to do what we think is appropriate."
Despite the controversy, Pluto notes the home cap featuring Chief Wahoo was the team's best selling hat last season.
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