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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Articles tagged: Tomahawk Chop

Braves eliminate foam tomahawks for Game 5 over Cardinals pitcher’s comments

Braves Tomahawk Chop

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley’s comments about the “disrespectful” Tomahawk Chop have resulted in an immediate change from the Atlanta Braves.

As first reported by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Braves will not distribute their famous foam tomahawks for the decisive Game 5 of the NLDS on Wednesday.

In a statement, the organization also stated that the chant music and graphics will not be used while Helsley is pitching.

Two ballpark officials confirmed that the changes were a direct response to Helsley’s comments. The Cardinals pitcher, whose mother is full-blooded Cherokee, felt the chants “devalue” Native American history and heritage.

The Braves initially responded to Helsley’s comments by stating they would evaluate the chop after the season. They ultimately didn’t even wait to get rid of the famous foam tomahawks that have been closely identified with the team and chant for nearly three decades. It doesn’t sound like the chant itself will be entirely eliminated, and there’s nothing stopping fans from making the movements with their hands when it is done, but it’s certainly a huge change before a pivotal playoff game.

Braves suggest they will ‘evaluate’ tomahawk chop after season

Braves Tomahawk Chop

The Atlanta Braves are well known for their “tomahawk chop,” in which fans are given foam tomahawks or use their arms and sing along to a distinctive warchant. That practice has also been criticized by people who feel it is disrespectful to Native Americans.

The latest criticism came from St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley, whose mother is full-blooded Cherokee. Helsley said that the tomahawk chop “devalues” both Cherokee and Native American history.

The Braves responded to Helsley’s quote by stating that they would “continue to evaluate” the in-game experience and engage in “continued dialogue” with the Native American community.

The statement doesn’t really hint at changes, and they’re unlikely to make any major ones unless the league intervenes. That was what it took for the Indians to eliminate their Chief Wahoo logo. The Braves have been associated with the tomahawk chop for nearly three decades, and unless MLB has something to say about it, it’s not likely to end anytime soon.

Watch: Virginia Tech players mock Tomahawk Chop

Virginia Tech Tomahawk Chop

A handful of Virginia Tech players were seen mocking the Tomahawk Chop during the fourth quarter of Monday’s game at Florida State.

Virginia Tech was up 17-3 and had just stuffed Florida State in the red zone, causing a turnover to keep the ‘Noles off the board. Even though the Hokies had the ball, FSU was doing their Tomahawk Chop. Some Virginia Tech players went along with the music and did their own version of the chop:

They had all the reason to mock it. Virginia Tech’s defense was handling FSU with ease and made sure to let the fans know it. They probably learned the move from watching UNC’s kicker.