During Mondy’s White House press briefing, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said discussing a potential name change for the Atlanta Braves baseball team would be an “important” conversation to have.
“We believe that it’s important to have this conversation, and Native American and indigenous voices, they should be at the center of this conversation,” Jean-Pierre told Bloomberg News’ Jennifer Jacobs during Monday’s White House press briefing.
“That is something that the president believes, that is something this administration believes, and he has consistently emphasized all people deserve to be treated with dignity and respect,” she added.
The comments coincided with the team’s visit to the White House to celebrate their 2021 World Series win over the Houston Astros and followed a question concerning the franchise’s controversial ‘tomahawk chop’ rallying cry performed during games,” Fox News reports
Lawmakers, fans, and more called the Biden Administration out of touch.
Responses collected by Fox News:
“The @Braves should always be the Atlanta Braves. Go Braves and Keep Choppin’!” wrote Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, R.
Rep. Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., slammed the proposal as well, writing, “This is not the business of Washington,” and GOP Georgia Senate candidate Herschel Walker said “Georgia will not fall for woke Washington’s attempt to change the name of the greatest baseball team in America. The reigning and future World Series Champs @Braves should NOT change their name.”
Burt Jones, who is running to become Georgia’s next lieutenant governor, tweeted Monday, “We’re not changing and we’re not apologizing for it either. Go Braves!”
Yes, that’s what Americans watching their 401Ks tank REALLY care about,” wrote former radio and television host John Cardillo.
Gerry Callahan, host of “The Gerry Callahan Show,” shared a similar opinion, writing, “Every time I look [at] my disappearing 401K, I think, ‘Damn, we really have to do something about the name of the frigging baseball team in Atlanta.’
“The Braves have long touted their partnership with the Native American community, particularly the Eastern Band of the Cherokee nation, based approximately three hours from Atlanta in North Carolina,” Fox reports.
More over at Fox News:
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