Cleveland Changes Name of Baseball Team After 105 Years

By 4 weeks ago

After years of controversy, the Cleveland Indians have agreed to change their team name to something else.

The baseball team could announce the new name as soon as this week, according to The New York Times and ESPN. Although the name remains a mystery, for the time being, the change has been in the works for a number of years.

The team announced that it would "determine the best past forward" for its name in July after Washington's NFL team put its own name into question—a long-criticized racial slur. The team went on to confirm the change and is now playing as the Washington Football Team.

President Donald Trump called the name change "not good news" and referred to it as "cancel culture at work."

Two years earlier, the team announced that it would drop its logo, a racist caricature of mascot Chief Wahoo, from jerseys and caps for the 2019 season.

The pledge came on the tail of George Floyd's death and the widespread racial justice protests that followed it. The team claimed it was "committed to making a positive impact in our community" by hosting "ongoing discussions" regarding the issue.

"They name teams out of STRENGTH, not weakness," tweeted Trump.

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