Braves pass on 'screaming Indian' hat logo
The Braves reportedly had plans to bring back their old 'screaming Indian' logo for their spring-training batting practice hats, but instead they've opted for a less controversial design.
You'll recall that not so long ago the Braves were reportedly giving thought to reviving this old logo for their spring-training BP hats:
That's known colloquially as the "screaming Indian" logo (although, he looks to me to be "guffawing" rather than screaming), and, like all such caricatures, it's a source of controversy. That the Braves were ever seriously considering it is a surprise on some level, but what's not a surprise is that they're now backing away from it.
When Braves pitchers and catchers stage their first workout at ESPN's Wide World of Sports complex on Tuesday morning, they will be wearing new Spring Training hats that are solid navy blue with a red script "A" on the front.
Debate surrounding the hat began six weeks ago when Uni Watch leaked the Spring Training/batting-practice hats that each Major League club would use this year. The design for the Braves showed the front being adorned with the "screaming Indian head" that has been deemed by some as offensive to Native Americans.
While the "screaming Indian" logo was one of five proposed designs, the Braves said a decision on the design had not been made before the potential hats were leaked.
The reality is that in 2013 this is what is known as "a smart business decision."
Now commence the doom-saying about the end of liberty and or Western Civilization or whatever it is that things like this are supposed to signify.
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