It was only a matter of time before the Cleveland Indians took heat over their Native American nickname.
According to USA TODAY Sports, the MLB franchise could be facing a $9 billion lawsuit over its name. You may recall this photo (seen above) of a genuine American Indian confronting a fake one before Cleveland's home opener this season. It turns out that this man just so happens to be Robert Roche, who is executive director of the American Indian Education Center in Parma, Ohio.
Roche is reportedly planning to sue the club in federal court for a century of "racism and profiteering" since the nickname was first used in 1915. Furthermore, he said all money awarded from the case would go toward the People Not Mascots group.
“We have been protesting this name and the Chief Wahoo mascot since the 1970s,” Roche told USA TODAY Sports. “Since 50 senators sent a letter about the Washington (NFL) name and the trademark board revoked their trademark, all of this is hitting a peak now.”
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