ATLANTA (WJHL) – The Atlanta Braves announced measures to “reduce the tomahawk chop” during this evening’s NLDS Game 5 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
This comes after Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley, a member of the Cherokee nation, criticized the Braves’ tomahawk chop chant that is often heard during the Braves’ home games.
“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,” a Braves spokesperson told News Channel 11 in a statement.
The spokesperson says that includes not distributing foam tomahawks to each seat and not playing the tomahawk chop music or using “Chop-related” graphics 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 spokesperson said. “We look forward to a continued dialogue with those in the Native American community after the postseason concludes.”