While guest hosting ESPN’s Mike & Mike show last Thursday, network analyst Bomani Jones donned a t-shirt with a pale, blonde-haired variant of Cleveland Indians mascot Chief Wahoo with a dollar sign replacing the prominent feather in his headband. The shirt also had the word “Caucasians” written across the chest.
Reports indicated that ESPN asked Jones to cover the shirt up. Later in the show, Jones’ hoodie was zipped, partially concealing the mascot.
The Indians have received their fair share of criticism for what many have pointed to as a racist mascot. Team owner Paul Dolan recently made amends to reduce the amount of appearances Chief Wahoo makes on the team’s uniforms. Dolan, however, declined to completely abolish it from the uniform and official team merchandise, saying that “[the mascot] is part of our history and legacy.”
The original Chief Wahoo has a red face, but prior to 1951, it had a yellow face and smaller features.
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