Braves Remove ‘Chop On’ Sign From Truist Park
By Carlie A. Horn
The Braves removed a "Chop on," sign near the front entrance of Truist Park.The team changed its slogan from "Chop On" to "For The A" for the 2020 season. They are still deciding on whether to keep the tomahawk chop chant.
St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley is a member of the Cherokee Nation. Helsley has said he found the Braves chant insulting.
"I think it's a misrepresentation of the Cherokee people or Native Americans in general," Helsley said before a game in 2019
The Braves announced plans to keep their team name. In a letter to season ticket holders on July 10th,"We will always be there Atlanta Braves." The team said in the letter the chant "continues to inspire our players on the field."
The consideration of Braves traditions comes on the heels of the Washington football franchise opting to retire "Redskins" in favor of a more inclusive nickname. The Braves are not alone in considering team traditions as the Cleveland Indians are also taking their nickname under review.
The Braves are seeking input from Native American community, fans, players, and former players as they examine the fan experience.
The Braves open the season at the New York Mets on Friday and their first home game against Tampa on July 29.