Georgia GOP senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue launched a forceful assertion on Monday declaring their opposition to any potential renaming of the Atlanta Braves.
The assertion follows information Sunday that the Cleveland Indians will be a part of the Washington Redskins in dropping their 105-year-old moniker amid stress from Native American teams who say the identify and imagery is demeaning.
Activists are calling for the Braves to observe swimsuit.
“We adamantly oppose any effort to rename the Atlanta Braves, certainly one of our states most storied and profitable sports activities franchises,” stated Loeffler and Perdue, who’re dealing with fierce re-election challenges which can resolve the celebration that controls the Senate.
“Not solely are the Braves a Georgia establishment — with a historical past spanning 54 years in Atlanta — they’re an American establishment,” they added.
“The Braves’ identify honors our nation’s Native American heritage, which shouldn’t be erased — and by no means ought to one of the crucial celebrated groups in sports activities cave to the calls for of the cancel tradition and the novel left,” they stated.
The workforce’s emblem — a Native American man and a tomahawk — has been a difficulty for the reason that Seventies and in 2013 Braves officers retired depictions of the male warrior.
On Monday, the Atlanta Journal-Structure reported that the Braves had been unlikely to alter their identify however different modifications may very well be made.
In a July assertion, chairman Terry McGuirk stated: “We’re so pleased with our workforce’s identify, and our expectation is that we’ll all the time be the Atlanta Braves.”
The workforce final yr developed a cultural working group with the Japanese Band of the Cherokees the place they “collaborate on vital points associated to tradition, training, and outreach,” a press release learn.
President Trump on Sunday criticized Cleveland’s resolution to drop its identify, calling it “cancel tradition at work.”
“Oh no! What’s going on? This isn’t excellent news, even for ‘Indians’. Cancel tradition at work!,” he wrote.