The tomahawk chop seems headed for retirement.
In the midst of reviewing its longtime offensive celebration, the Atlanta Braves taken out a large wooden sign outside Truist Field which read “Chop On,” a Twitter put up from The Athletic discovered. The workforce did not respond for comment.
While the Braves have currently declared they would not comply with the footsteps of Washington’s NFL franchise and modify their nickname, the workforce said it would look into no matter whether the tomahawk chop would even now be permitted and encouraged inside of its stadium.
The workforce despatched a letter to season-ticket holders, conveying why it would retain its nickname.
“The Atlanta Braves honors, respects and values the Indigenous American community,” the letter reported. “As an firm, we have always drawn energy from our range and regard for every person. That will in no way adjust.
“We have experienced an energetic and supportive connection with the Indigenous American community for many yrs. Past tumble, we furthered this marriage and pledged to meet and hear to Indigenous American and tribal leaders from lots of regions, including the Japanese Band of the Cherokees [EBCI] in North Carolina. As a outcome, we fashioned a cultural performing relationship with the EBCI and have also formed a Indigenous American Functioning Team with a diverse assortment of other tribal leaders to collaborate on issues relevant to society, instruction, outreach, and recognition on an on-going foundation.
“Through our conversations, modifying the title of the Braves is not underneath consideration or deemed required. We have fantastic respect and reverence for our identify and the Native American communities that have held meaningful relationships with us do as perfectly. We will often be the Atlanta Braves.
“As it relates to the enthusiast working experience, which includes the chop, it is a person of the a lot of difficulties that we are doing the job through with the advisory group. The chop was popularized by our followers when Deion Sanders joined our staff and it proceeds to encourage our gamers on the industry. With that in intellect, we are continuing to hear to the Native American community, as properly as our fans, players, and alumni to make certain we are generating an informed determination on this section of our admirer working experience.”