Report: Canadian activist wants to ban baseball team's name, mascot
TORONTO, Canada (WJW) – A Canadian activist is going to court to try to keep the Cleveland Indians from wearing their jerseys, using their team name or showing their logo when they take on the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto in the ALCS.
According to The Toronto Star, Douglas Cardinal, who is an officer in the Order of Canada, filed with the Ontario Superior Court, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and the Canadian Human Rights Commission. He says that the team's name and mascot, Chief Wahoo, are offensive and discriminatory.
He wants an injunction against the Indians, Major League Baseball and Rogers Communications, which owns the Blue Jays and is broadcasting games 2 and 3.
A hearing is scheduled for Monday at the Superior Court.
A spokesperson for Cardinal said the Cleveland Indians should just be referred to as "the Cleveland team" for the time being.
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A spokesperson for Rogers Communications said in a statement that broadcasting the game without displaying the team name or logo "on the field, in the stands and in the stadium" would be "virtually impossible."
The application to the courts doesn't include barring fans from carrying items with the logo or team name. The spokesman also stated that, "The Cleveland name and logo is a concern for a number of Canadians," but added, "the playoff series between the Jays and Cleveland is also significantly important to millions of passionate baseball fans across Canada. Punishing these fans by blocking the broadcast of the games doesn't seem like the right solution."
The Canadian Press says that the Indians are aware of the situation but have declined further comment.