Canadian indigenous activist Douglas Cardinal has asked the court to bar the usage of the Cleveland Indians name and logo by the team, Major League Baseball and Rogers Communications, which is broadcasting the championship Series.
Cardinal’s spokesman Joe Householder has said “It’s not just that imagery and the words. It’s the impact it has on the indigenous peoples. It is this statement that you are separate, that you are something to ridicule, that you’re a source of humour.” … “Canadian law is clear this is racially discriminatory. So it’ll be a simple act of changing your shirt.”
Householder has also said a petition has also been brought forward to the Human Rights Commission of Canada and the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
Cardinal has stated the team has uniforms that simply say Cleveland, and it would be little hassle to wear those jerseys instead. He also requests the team simply be referred to as “The Cleveland Team”.