Blue Jays Announcer Boycotts Cleveland Team Name

"For the rest of my career I will not say ‘Indian’"

In preparation for the Blue Jays’ American League Championship Series against Cleveland, which will begin this Friday, longtime Blue Jays announcer Jerry Howarth has officially boycotted the the term “Indian”.

Howarth stopped by The Jeff Blair radio show today, and let the world know that he will not be referring to the Cleveland “Indians” by their original name. Howarth also mentioned his conscious efforts to eliminate the term “Braves” and terminology like “a powwow on the mound” for talks between coaches and pitchers.

His decision was made more than two decades ago because the term has been deemed offensive toward First Nations people. After receiving a letter from a viewer following the 1992 World Series, Howarth said he made his decision to honour fans and their culture. “He touched my heart,” Howarth said.

“For the rest of my career I will not say ‘Indian’ or ‘Brave’ and if I was in the NFL I would not say ‘Redskins,’” Howarth said, referring to the Washington football team.

What are your thoughts on Howarth’s noble boycott?

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