Judge asks how ALCS will be played if In­di­ans logo banned

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

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.

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