Former President Donald Trump faulted the Cleveland Indians team for changing its name to the Cleveland Guardians. The Indians had previously announced they were changing their name — a move that came after the Washington Redskins ditched their nickname to become the Washington eleven. Critics contend the names — especially the Redskins and therefore the Indian’s former “Wahoo” logo — are offensive to Native Americans. variety of schools, universities, and high schools have also changed some nicknames associated with indigenous persons, ethnicities, and past stereotypes and in recognition of historical mistreatments of Native Americans. the main League team debuted the Guardians name on Friday. The nickname links to the longstanding Guardians of Traffic statues on a Cleveland bridge.
The new name didn’t impress Trump who has had political spats with other major sports figures and institutions including LeBron James and therefore the National league. Trump had previously shown interest in owning an NFL team and owned USFL’s New Jersey Generals.
“Can anybody believe that the Cleveland Indians, a storied and cherished baseball franchise since taking the name in 1915, are changing their name to the Guardians,” Trump said during a statement. “Such a disgrace, and that I guarantee that the people that are most angry about it are the various Indians of our Country. Wouldn’t it be an honor to possess a team named the Cleveland Indians, and wouldn’t it’s disrespectful to tear that name and logo off of these jerseys? The people of Cleveland can’t be thrilled and that I, as a former baseball fan, cannot believe things like this are happening. a little group of individuals, with absolutely crazy ideas and policies, is forcing these changes to destroy our culture and heritage. At some point, the people won’t take it anymore,” Trump said.
The Indians will become the Guardians for the 2022 season. The team solicited name ideas from fans and landed on the Guardians citing its local links. “We think Guardians is exclusive and authentic to Cleveland,” Indians president of business operations Brian Barren said Friday. “It’s less about the Guardians of Traffic and more about what the Guardians represent which idea of protection. For us and our research, Cleveland folks are very protective of 1 another. They’re protective of our city, they’re protective of ‘The Land’ and everything about it. “That’s one key component, the resiliency of individuals here in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio and therefore the loyalty. The loyalty to Cleveland, the loyalty to at least one another as teammates, as co-workers, as family, and friends. Those all become a part of what ‘Guardians’ really starts to evoke from an emotional standpoint.”