Friday night, the Toronto Blue Jays and Cleveland Indians begin their American League championship series showdown, with a spot in the World Series on the line. But one Blue Jays announcer says that he won’t refer to Toronto’s opponent by name.
Jerry Howarth, who will call the ALCS for SN 590 The Fan in Toronto, told radio host Jeff Blair that he doesn’t plan to invoke the Indians team name at any point over the potential seven game series.
“For the rest of my career I will not say ‘Indian’ or ‘Brave’ and if I was in the NFL I would not say ‘Redskins,’” Howarth said.
This is not a new policy for Hovarth. He claims he stopped using the nickname in 1992 after receiving a letter from a member of the First Nation. That year, the Blue Jays met the Braves in the World Series, and Howarth said that the First Nation member found the repeated use of the Atlanta team’s moniker to be deeply offensive.
“He just wrote it in such a loving, kind way,” Howarth said, adding, “He touched my heart.”
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