The Cleveland Indians are ready to consider changing the franchise’s nickname after 105 years.
According to Ken Rosenthal and Zack Meisel of The Athletic, the pressure levied on the Washington NFL team to change its name has led the MLB club to reconsider its own use of Native Americans as a nickname.
“The statement is a clear indication the Indians are prepared to consider changing the team name more seriously than they have before, according to a source familiar with the club’s thinking,” Rosenthal and Meisel wrote.
“We are committed to making a positive impact in our community and embrace our responsibility to advance social justice and equality. Our organization fully recognizes our team name is among the most visible ways in which we connect with the community. “We have had ongoing discussions organizationally on these issues. The recent social unrest in our community and our country has only underscored the need for us to keep improving as an organization on issues of social justice. “With that in mind, we are committed to engaging our community and appropriate stakeholders to determine the best path forward with regard to our team name. “While the focus of the baseball world shifts to the excitement of an unprecedented 2020 season, we recognize our unique place in the community and are committed to listening, learning, and acting in the manner that can best unite and inspire our city and all those who support our team.” This article will be updated to provide more information on this story as it becomes available. Get the best sports content from the web and social in the new B/R app. Get the app and get the game.
The team expanded on those discussions in a statement on Friday: