TORONTO A Canadian judge dismissed a late
attempt to bar Major League Baseball's Cleveland Indians from
using their controversial logo and team nickname during Monday's
playoff game versus the host Toronto Blue Jays.
The legal challenge by prominent Canadian architect and
indigenous activist Douglas Cardinal was heard in a Toronto
court hours before the Blue Jays host the Indians in Game Three
of their American League Championship series.
Lawyers for Cardinal argued in an Ontario Superior Court of
Justice that the Indians nickname and "Chief Wahoo" logo - a
smiling cartoon man with red skin and a feather in his headband
- are derogatory.
But the judge dismissed the attempt and said he would give
his reasons at a later date.
"We are pleased with the judge's ruling and will continue
focusing on an exciting Postseason," MLB said in a statement.
The Indians are not the only North American professional
sports team to come under fire from native groups.
The National Football League's Washington Redskins and
National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks have also been
targets of protests and legal challenges over the years.
MLB, which has also faced similar protests over the Atlanta
Braves, also said they appreciate the concerns of those that
find the Indians name and logo offensive.
"We would welcome a thoughtful and inclusive dialogue to
address these concerns outside the context of litigation," MLB
said in a separate statement prior to the judge's decision.
"Given the demands for completing the League Championship
Series in a timely manner, MLB will defend Cleveland's right to
use their name that has been in existence for more than 100
While Cardinal went to court to bring attention to his cause
others like Jerry Howarth have waged their own protests, the
longtime Blue Jays radio play-by-play announcer refusing to
refer to Cleveland by their nickname during games.
Cleveland lead the best-of-seven series 2-0.