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California news station apologizes for ‘Braves scalped’ headline after team’s loss to Cardinals

California news station apologizes for ‘Braves scalped’ headline after team’s playoff loss to Cardinals amid Tomahawk Chop chant ban

  • Fox affiliate KTVU-TV in Oakland, California featured the cringey ‘BRAVES SCALPED’ lower-third graphic during its 6pm broadcast Wednesday night
  • The graphic referenced Atlanta blowout playoff loss to the St. Louis Cardinals 
  • Anchor Pam Cook apologized for the gaff on the station’s behalf the next morning after the image went viral the night before
  • The controversy emerged after the Braves organization was already facing criticism for its tomahawk mascot and famous tomahawk chop chant
  • Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley, who is Native American, criticized the use of Native Americans and their culture as mascots on Friday
  • Defiant Braves fans and hecklers attacked Helsley on Twitter after the game

A local news outlet in the San Francisco Bay Area apologized Thursday morning for running a racially-insensitive graphic on a story about the Atlanta Braves humiliating Wednesday night playoff loss to the St. Louis Cardinals.

Fox affiliate KTVU-TV in Oakland, California included a chyron that said ‘BRAVES SCALPED’ on a lead-in outro about the team’s 13-1 defeat Wednesday night. 

The cringey text caught the attention of The Athletic sports writer Marc Carig who took a picture of it on a TV screen before tweeting it out to his 54.8 thousand Twitter followers.

‘Man, I can’t believe the kind of stuff they put on TV back in the… OMG THAT’S FROM TONIGHT SERIOUSLY SO BAD,’ Carig wrote.

 

Fox affiliate KTVU-TV in Oakland, California featured the cringey ‘BRAVES SCALPED’ lower-third graphic during its 6pm broadcast Wednesday night

Anchor Pam Cook apologized for the gaff on the station's behalf the next morning after the image went viral the night before

Anchor Pam Cook apologized for the gaff on the station’s behalf the next morning after the image went viral the night before

KTVU anchor Pam Cook probably didn’t make the mistake, but she was forced to address it during her station’s morning broadcast after the image went viral the night before.

‘We had a story about the Atlanta Braves that included a phrase that was racially insensitive towards Native Americans,’ Cook said. ‘It was not our intention to offend anyone and we want to express our deepest apologies for the use of that phrase.’

The outlet’s gaff occurred on a night when the Braves organization was already taking heat from both sides of the political spectrum for its famous tomahawk chop chant.

Atlanta fans ignored the wishes of their team and their opponent’s Native-American pitcher Wednesday night by continuing to perform the famous battle cry during their a blowout loss to the Cardinals.

The controversy emerged after the Braves organization was already facing criticism for its tomahawk mascot and famous tomahawk chop chant

The controversy emerged after the Braves organization was already facing criticism for its tomahawk mascot and famous tomahawk chop chant 

Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley, who is Native American, criticized the use of Native Americans and their culture as mascots on Friday

Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley, who is Native American, criticized the use of Native Americans and their culture as mascots on Friday 

Braves officials agreed earlier in the day to try to limit the use of the chant Wednesday night in response to recent remarks made by St. Louis rookie pitcher Ryan Helsley, 25, who is Cherokee.

Helsley told reporters on Friday that he disapproves of how Native Americans are used as sports mascots by teams like the Braves, the Washington Redskins, and the Kansas City Chiefs.

‘I think it’s a misrepresentation of the Cherokee people or Native Americans in general, just depicts them in this kind of caveman-type people way who aren’t intellectual,’ the reliever said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 

The Braves responded to Helsley's comments on Wednesday saying the team won't distribute foam tomahawks to seated fans the way it normally does for its latest game against the Cardinals

The Braves responded to Helsley’s comments on Wednesday saying the team won’t distribute foam tomahawks to seated fans the way it normally does for its latest game against the Cardinals

His remarks came a day after he took the mound against the Braves in Atlanta as fans performed their long-time chant, complete with the waving of their novelty foam tomahawks.

The Braves responded to Helsley’s comments on Wednesday saying the team won’t distribute foam tomahawks to seated fans the way it normally does, but that didn’t stop Atlanta fans from performing the chop chant with their arms or belting the battle cry during the game.  

Some hecklers took their frustrations out on Helsley on social media after his team’s win.

‘@_RHelsley it must suck going through life being so delicate,’ one Twitter user wrote.

‘F***ing grow up and stop being a crybaby!!!’ added another.

Helsley hasn’t commented publicly on the backlash as of yet.



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