CLEVELAND – They have been known as the Cleveland Indians since 1915. Those days could be over.
Amid new pressure sparked by a national movement to correct racial wrongdoings, the Indians said Friday night they will review their long-debated nickname.
"We are committed to making a positive impact in our community and embrace our responsibility to advance social justice and equality," the team said. "Our organization fully recognizes our team name is among the most visible ways in which we connect with the community."
The move mirrored one by the NFL's Washington Redskins, who earlier in the day said they are embarking on a "thorough review" of their name, which has been deemed as offensive by Native American groups for decades.
There have been previous efforts to get the Indians to rename themselves. But following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other examples of police brutality against Black people in the United States, there has been a major move nationwide to eradicate racially insensitive material.
In 2018, the Indians removed the contentious Chief Wahoo logo from their game jerseys and caps. The grinning, red-faced mascot, however, is still present on merchandise that can be purchased at Progressive Field and other team shops in Northeast Ohio.
"We have had ongoing discussions organizationally on these issues," the Indians said. "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."