June 25, 2021

Atlanta Braves give no indication of considering name change (ESPN)


ATLANTA — With teams in two sports taking a second look at names deemed offensive to Native Americans, the Atlanta Braves on Saturday gave no indication they are willing to consider a similar change.

The Cleveland Indians on Friday said they’re reconsidering their nickname. And a source told ESPN that the NFL’s Washington Redskins are likely to change their name.

The Braves released a statement saying the team “honors, supports, and values the Native American community. That will never change.”

The Braves said they “have much work to do on and off the field.”

The team said in recent months it has “created an even stronger bond with various Native American tribes, both regionally and nationally, on matters related to the Braves and Native American culture.”

“We have also held meetings with our Native American Working Group which will collaborate with us on cultural issues, education and community outreach to amplify their voices and show our fans they are still proudly here,” the statement said.

“The Atlanta Braves have a meaningful commitment to honor the Native American community and we are excited about working together to ensure this happens,” it said.

The Braves have not…

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