Twitter blasts Guardians for photo taken in Chicago originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Guardians fans aren't happy about a questionable photo the team tweeted out of their rookies dressed up as inmates. Notably two white players are dressed up as police officers while the rookies, including several people of color, wore prison jumpsuits and shackles.
Consider the circumstances that helped push Cleveland to change its name.
In the wake of the death of George Floyd and the nationwide unrest that followed, Cleveland released the following statement.
"We are distraught over the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and countless others, and we send our deepest sympathies to their families and all who are mourning their deaths.
"The Cleveland Indians organization stands united with African Americans and all those who seek social justice and equality. We share in our community’s anger, and in this moment we will not remain silent. We stand together against racial profiling and incidents of police brutality that unfortunately continue in our society, despite the genuine efforts of so many to address these community issues."
And a month later the team announced it would explore changing the name.
"We are committed to making a positive impact in our community and embrace our responsibility to advance social justice and equality," the team said in a statement in July of 2020.
The team noted: "We have had ongoing discussions organizationally on these issues. The recent social unrest in our community and our country has only underscored the need for us to keep improving as an organization on issues of social injustice."
The team also said they were committed to "acting in the manner that can best unite and inspire our city."
Team owner Paul Dolan was “adamant about keeping the name Indians" just 17 months before that statement.
"Our club will strive to unite and inspire our entire community," Chris Antonetti, Guaridans President of Baseball Operations, said when the new name was unveiled.
It doesn't seem like this photo did that, baseball fans called out the team for the photo.
this is about four percent more racist than the name they just dropped https://t.co/cYZqgWAHVk
— Bradford William Davis (@BWDBWDBWD) September 23, 2022
The Cleveland baseball team canâ€™t help itself being tasteless https://t.co/idCFxzN0iB
— Bill Baer (@Baer_Bill) September 23, 2022
Love ya but you guys absolutely stink for doing this.
— jack (@jackbranca) September 23, 2022
Thank you, I can't believe I had to scroll down this far to find a dissenting comment. This photo is just gross. ðŸ˜•
— Meg from Baltimore (@BaltimorePeace) September 23, 2022
So much for resetting company culture with the renaming and rebranding.
— âœ¶Makeâœ¶Cyclingâœ¶Safeâœ¶ (@Herodedalus) September 23, 2022
So we change our team name to not offend Native Americans, but itâ€™s ok to dress up as inmates? ðŸ¤¨
— Ray Fernando (@TheLAND76) September 23, 2022
This ainâ€™t the adorable hijinks you think it is.
— Ralph Carhart (@ralphcarhart) September 23, 2022
one of the biggest Lâ€™s of the season
— Matthew Roberson (@mroberson22) September 23, 2022
Guys, this one, uhhh, may have missed the mark a bit.
— Jer (@__Jer) September 23, 2022
this is bad fyi
— no great matter (@BringDaNoyz) September 23, 2022
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