Updated: October 7, 2013

By Gary Norris Gray BASN Staff Reporter

Nothing in the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity.
Martin Luther King, Jr. 

 Three young men attended the game Wednesday night October 5, 2013 wearing red painted faces and wearing broad white painted smiles with small head-dresses a replica of the Cleveland Indian mascot, Chief Wahoo.  The Complicity of the Networks showing these three gentlemen on National Television are continuing the First Nation/Native American Indian stereo types and will continue the Bad SPORTS Karma on The City of Cleveland.


These three gentlemen thought it was cool, and neat, to look like Chief Wahoo. They assume that they were not offending anybody with this buffoonery.

individuals wanted to be on television for their 15 seconds of national glory and fame in spite of their foolhardiness .

Fox Sports Network and the (TBS) Turner Broadcasting System are part of this recent display of complicity, ignorance, and stupidity for showing these three misguided souls at Progressive Field. The National Networks have a standing policy that if a fan runs on the field they are not shown on Television. The same should apply to offensive material, signs, slogans, and the event that happened at the American League Wild Card Baseball Game in Cleveland, Ohio.

Charlene Teters makes it clear. Cleveland is the home of the most offensive racial icon in the country,” Charlene Teters, an artist and founding board member of the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media, said during a demonstration outside Progressive Field on Opening Day 2010. “Don’t insult my intelligence telling me this honors me . . . It is ‘Little Red Sambo.’”

Cleveland Indian All star pitcher Louis Tiant had problems with the logo and made it known before leaving to pitch for the Minnesota Twins 1970 and then the Boston Red Sox in 1971. Tiant understood racism because he experienced it every day in the minor leagues in North Carolina.

Baseball fans in Cleveland state that their logo has improved from 70 years ago. REALLY?

 With this kind of progress we are living in the Stone Age with Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble.


1) Face paint is a spiritual and religious art and is sacred to the tribe It is also an act of social distinction and cultural heritage, but is a significant aspect in cultural and spiritual ceremonies and rituals. Last paint can be used to intimidate opponents in battle.  

2) The head dress denotes the honor of the chief and the leader of the tribe. It is also can signal the young males passage to adulthood and lastly the accomplishments and victories in battle.


CARMA (The C in Karma is for the City of Cleveland)

Let’s investigate the recent history of the City of Cleveland’s Professional Sports Teams with the Cleveland Indians Baseball Club losing to the Tampa Bay Rays 4-0 in a Wild Card American League game Wednesday night but that was only part of the story.

The Indians should have won; Cleveland had all of the advantages, a three day rest period, playing on their home field and their best starting pitcher on the mound., The Indians had multiple chances to score but did not , they lost 4 -0.

If you don’t believe in KARMA this should convince you.

First basemen Nick Swisher missed a soft liner that would have been the third out; instead it became the 4th Tampa Bay Run in the top of the 9th inning sealing a victory for the Rays and a trip to Boston’s Fenway Park.

The agony for the Cleveland Sports fan, who longs for a championship continues. The Cleveland Browns were the last team to win a national professional title in 1962 with the greatest running back in (NFL) National Football League history Jim Brown. The Browns started the losing trend in the AFC 1980’s playoffs. It continued with the losses to Michael Jordan’s Super Bulls of the 1990’s. The image of Cleveland guard Craig Ehlo falling to the floor after a Jordan jump shot ending game five and a trip to the next round burns in Cavalier fans brains.

The Indians had a brief playoff run in their new stadium. CARMA because the Indians removed their logo on their caps upon entering (Then) Jacobs Field and started winning. The last Cleveland baseball championship was in 1948 against the Boston Braves. Go figure the last time Cleveland visited the World Series would be against the Atlanta Braves the organization that gave them their last baseball championship in 1997.     

This last two years the Cleveland Indians left Chief Wahoo home as the team wore either a red or blue caps on road trips with the block C on the front. The Indians started winning again.  CARMA    


Then came The LeBron James Cavalier Era 2002-2010. Everybody thought this would bring happiness and a championship to the City by the Lake. It did not happen and The King Exited to South Beach with back to back NBA Titles. LeBron James went to a playoff game in 2007 wearing a New York Yankee cap, instead of a Cleveland Indian cap. This was the unspoken support to our First Nation/ Native American Indian Brothers and Sisters. The last time the Cavaliers were in the NBA Finals they were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in 2007.   

In Hockey the (NHL) National Hockey League Cleveland Barons made a brief appearance in 1976-1978 never making the playoffs.


The Washington Football Club with their name and the Cleveland Indians with their Logo has offended many Native American Indian/ First Nation Citizen’s.

This racist attitude has continued because First Nation/Native American Indian do not have the political or economic power to change it. This has continued because Americans do not care or identify with this issue. These Americans do not support or defend our Native American/First Nation citizens.

It is time to change the Washington Football Clubs name and the Cleveland Indian logo. The attitude of the administrators must change in Washington and Cleveland in order for these logos and mascots to be retired. The Cleveland Indians can keep their baseball history but retire Chief Wahoo forever.

So this permits these three young men in Cleveland to think that they have not done anything wrong.

These three young men just remind America that CARMA lives large in the city of Cleveland, Ohio.  Another championship will bypass the City by the Lake. These three misguided young men just continue the legacy of not knowing or caring about the current struggles of our First Nation/Native American Indian Brothers and Sisters.



 Gary Norris Gray – Writer, Author, Historian. Gibbs Magazine-Oakland, California and New England Informer- Boston Mass. THE GRAYLINE:- The Analects of A Black Disabled Man, The Gray Leopard Cove on Disabled Community Activist. Email at

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  1. ezekiel leavell jr

    October 9, 2013 at 7:50 am

    This just goes on to show that there is a God. Most owners with deep pockets don’t have a clue because they are insulated by all that money. Since Anglos arrival to this country its been failure after another. Take a look at Washington! And for those of you that have never visited a native american cadino-try and find a $20 bill! You won’t because of the face on it! How can this country proclaim to be all inclusive when we still treat our native brothers and sisters so poorly

  2. andrew dixon

    April 17, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Certain things over the yrs we has a race have to let go cant let every little slur or remark define us.I am a jamaican played pro ball got teased all the time when I played everyone dropped to my feet that was a great reward

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