Judge asks how ALCS will be played if Indians logo banned
An Ontario judge hearing arguments on an attempt to bar the Cleveland Indians from using their team name and “Chief Wahoo” logo during Monday’s night playoff game in Toronto asked the plaintiff’s lawyer how the game would be played if the name and logo didn’t appear.
The legal challenge by indigenous activist Douglas Cardinal comes on the same day the team plays the Toronto Blue Jays in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series in Toronto.
The long-standing logo, which appears on some team caps and jerseys, depicts a grinning, redfaced cartoon with a feather headband.
Lawyer Monique Jilesen told Ontario Superior Court Justice Tom McEwen the game could be played with spring training uniforms that don’t carry the name or “Chief Wahoo” logo. Jilesen said the club was informed of this Sunday, and there is no attempt to stop the game.
“Using a racially discriminatory caricature is a violation of the Ontario human rights code,” Jilesen told the judge.