The National Post is reporting that the Ontario Superior Court will hear an application on Monday and, if the court rules in favor of activist Douglas Cardinal, the Indians would be prevented from wearing their “offensive uniforms” brandishing the image of Chief Wahoo while the club plays ALCS Games 3, 4, and 5 in Toronto.
Cardinal filed applications to the Ontario Superior Court, the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario, and the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Post reports. He is seeking an injuction against the Indians, Major League Baseball, and Rogers Communications. Cardinal argues that the Indians’ team name and mascot Chief Wahoo are offensive and discriminatory.
This is nothing new, of course, as Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro — formerly in the Indians’ front office — said that Chief Wahoo “was troubling to me personally.” Two years ago, the New York Post decided it would no longer run images of Chief Wahoo. An Ohio legislator tried to pass a resolution that would encourage the Indians to adopt a new name and mascot.
This kind of pushback has been going on for decades, but sadly, not much has come of it. The Indians have been using a block C on new uniforms and merchandise, but Chief Wahoo is still found on products being sold on the Indians’ website, for example.