Indians, MLB 'Not Exactly Aligned' In Efforts to Get Rid of Chief Wahoo Logo
Cleveland Indians owner Paul Dolan says that the team "will come to some understanding" with the league regarding the controversial Chief Wahoo logo.
Dolan admits that his franchise and Major League Baseball don't see eye to eye on the subject.
“We’re not exactly aligned on its future,” Dolan told WAKR-AM. “But we will come to some understanding sometime relatively soon, meaning before the start of the 2018 season and maybe sooner than that.”
MLB has had discussions with the Indians in hopes that the franchise move away from the logo, which features a smiling Native American. The logo has been used in some capacity for the franchise since the 1947 season and is still prevalent on the team's baseball caps and on its uniforms.
The logo created controversy during last season's American League Championship Series against the Toronto Blue Jays, when a Canadian judge ruled the “Chief Wahoo” mascot did not illegally discriminate against indigenous people under Canadian law.
The ruling allowed the Indians to keep the uniforms that displayed the logo while the team played in Toronto.
Dolan said that the team is trying to "find the right balance" on the logo issue and are empathetic to fans who are offended by it.
“There’s a lot of pressure on the national scene,” Dolan said. “We may live in a little bit of a bubble in terms of how we see Chief Wahoo and if you didn’t grow up here with it and you don’t have that emotional attachment and you look at it more objectively, you can see reason why some might offended by it. And the commissioner is feeling that pressure."