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Sport Braves eliminate foam tomahawks for Game 5 over Ryan Helsley's comments

00:00  10 october  2019
00:00  10 october  2019 Source:   yardbarker.com

Cardinals' Cherokee pitcher not fan of Braves' 'Tomahawk Chop'

  Cardinals' Cherokee pitcher not fan of Braves' 'Tomahawk Chop' Cardinals' Cherokee pitcher not fan of Braves' 'Tomahawk Chop'

The Braves have started an effort to "reduce the Tomahawk Chop" during Game 5 of the NLDS out of respect for Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley , a member of the Cherokee Nation. As part of their efforts, the Braves announced they will not distribute foam tomahawks to each seat for Game 5 .

Cardinals rookie reliever Ryan Helsley made his postseason debut in the eighth inning of Game 1 of the NLDS against the Braves in Atlanta on Thursday. Helsley , from Tahlequah, Oklahoma and a member of Cherokee Nation, saw the crowd at SunTrust Park chant as they swung their foam

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley’s comments about the “disrespectful” Tomahawk Chop have resulted in an immediate change from the Atlanta Braves.

a baseball player throwing a ball: Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley © Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley

As first reported by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Braves will not distribute their famous foam tomahawks for the decisive Game 5 of the NLDS on Wednesday.

In a statement, the organization also stated that the chant music and graphics will not be used while Helsley is pitching.

Two ballpark officials confirmed that the changes were a direct response to Helsley’s comments. The Cardinals pitcher, whose mother is full-blooded Cherokee, felt the chants “devalue” Native American history and heritage.

The Braves initially responded to Helsley’s comments by stating they would evaluate the chop after the season. They ultimately didn’t even wait to get rid of the famous foam tomahawks that have been closely identified with the team and chant for nearly three decades. It doesn’t sound like the chant itself will be entirely eliminated, and there’s nothing stopping fans from making the movements with their hands when it is done, but it’s certainly a huge change before a pivotal playoff game.

Braves take Helsley's concerns about Chop chant "seriously"

  Braves take Helsley's concerns about Chop chant The Atlanta Braves are promising to continue their dialogue with the Native American community in the wake of Cardinals reliever Ryan Helsley's criticism of the Tomahawk Chop chant. © APWF FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati. Helsley was disappointed by his first exposure to the Atlanta Braves fans use of the Tomahawk Chop for their chants during games. Helsleys vantage point is different than most players who visit SunTrust Park. He is a member of the Cherokee nation.

Ever since their major overhaul following a disappointing 2013 season, the Tomahawks have climbed their way to the top of the league, securing an incredible record of 48-11 over the last five seasons (including playoffs), outscoring opponents a ridiculous 2,849 points to 1,328 points scored against them.

New, 3 comments . The tomahawks , like the one shown here held by a small child, were destined for SunTrust Park before falling out and onto the road. But to assist with a visualization, here is an artist’ s rendering of how a road covered in foam tomahawks would look

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Braves blasted by Georgia Republicans for removing foam tomahawks .
Some Georgia Republicans were not thrilled the Atlanta Braves did not distribute foam tomahawks to fans for Game 5 of the NLDS against the Cardinals.But Georgia House majority whip Trey Kelley (R) took to Twitter to pin another reason behind the Atlanta Braves' misfortunes in Wednesday's 13-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS: The absence of foam tomahawks in the stands.

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