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The Atlanta Braves will no longer distribute foam tomahawks and they will reduce broadcasting the “Tomahawk Chop” in an effort to soothe the fragile psyche of a St. Louis Cardinals player who took offense.
Reliever Ryan Helsley, a member of the Cherokee Nation, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the beloved traditions were disrespectful and disappointing.
When asked what he thought of the gesture, Helsley called it “disappointing” and “disrespectful.”
The Braves disregarded the foam tomahawks before Game 5 of the National League Division Series. They also issued a statement:
“Out of respect for the concerns expressed by Mr. Helsley, we will take several efforts to reduce the Tomahawk Chop during our in-ballpark presentation today. Among other things, these steps include not distributing foam tomahawks to each seat and not playing the accompanying music or using Chop-related graphics when Mr. Helsley is in the game. As stated earlier, we will continue to evaluate how we activate elements of our brand, as well as the overall in-game experience. We look forward to a continued dialogue with those in the Native American community after the postseason concludes.”
In other words, every freedom-loving Atlanta Braves fan should show up at the next baseball game armed with not one, but two foam tomahawks.
What a load of malarkey, folks. I write about these sorts of attacks on the culture in my new book, “Culture Jihad: How to Stop the Left From Killing a Nation.”
In other sports news, the Cardinals are petitioning Major League Baseball for a name change. By the 2020 season they hope to be known as the St. Louis Snowflakes.