Atlanta Braves to reduce Tomahawk Chop in Game 5
Helsley, a member of the Cherokee Nation, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last Friday that he believes the Tomahawk Chop is “disrespectful” and “devalues” perceptions of Native Americans.
“Out of respect for the concerns expressed by Mr. Helsley, we will take several efforts to reduce the Tomahawk Chop during our in-ballpark presentation today,” the Braves said in a statement.
The Braves also announced they will not play the accompanying music to the chant or use any “Chop-related graphics” on their scoreboard when Helsley is in the game.
“As stated earlier, we will continue to evaluate how we activate elements of our brand, as well as the overall in-game experience,” the team’s statement said. “We look forward to a continued dialogue with those in the Native American community after the postseason continues.”