Updated: July 1, 2015




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By:- Gary Norris Gray-BASN-Staff Reporter

This Article was written two years ago, October 7,2013. It seems like the City of Cleveland cannot catch a break. Once again the city happened to be on the edge of winning a professional title, IT DID NOT HAPPEN!!!!

The Cleveland Cavaliers played the Golden State Warriors for the National Basketball Title in June of 2015. The Warriors won the title four games to two ending 40 years of frustration in the Bay Area. The new faces of the NBA, The Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, with the crew that wore blue and gold won not burgundy and gold. This left Cavalier fans thinking about that RED FACE Cleveland Indian mascot.

In the first round of the NBA playoffs the Cavaliers played the young and talented Boston Celtics as star forward Kevin Love got tangled up in the second quarter with lanky center Kelly Olynyk. Olynyk pulled Love’s arm in a battle for the ball separating Kevin’s shoulder putting him out of the playoffs. This was the first shoe to drop. The second would not be far behind.

In the Eastern Conference Finals against the upstart Atlanta Hawks star guard Kyrie Irving could not play game two or game three because of tendinitis in his left knee. That condition weakened the knee and created problems in game four. This would come back to haunt the Cavs in game one of the NBA Finals. In overtime Irving dove for the loose ball and landed on his knees, what seemed to be a normal basketball play. It was not- Irving fractured his kneecap and ended his playoff run for 2015. LeBron James now had to carry the team. Number 23 played almost every minute of all six games with two triple doubles. It was not enough.

The Golden State Warrior motto “Strength In Numbers”, was exactly that, The Warrior bench outplayed the Cavalier bench and the City of Cleveland watched another championship slip away.

THAT LITTLE RED SABO made another visit to “The Mistake By The Lake”

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


OAKLAND, CA.- 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.

These young 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 CARMA 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 1995.

This last three 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. The Indian organization might be bending to the mounting pressure of the Native American protests outside the ballparks of Cleveland road games.



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.

SIXTY ONE YEARS AND COUNTINGsmiling Chief-Wahoo-200x200



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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