Toronto Blue Jays announcer won't say 'Indians' in broadcast

TORONTO - The Toronto Blue Jays head to Cleveland for Games 1 and 2 of the American League Championship Series for a highly anticipated match-up.

But one thing Toronto fans can't anticipate to hear is the word "Indians."

Blue Jays' play-by-play radio announcer Jerry Howarth says he will refrain from saying the word "Indians" on air, The Toronto Star reports.

Howarth told The Jeff Blair radio show that he made that decision more than 20 years ago. He also said the same rule applies to the Atlanta Braves.

Howard said he received a letter from a fan requesting that he honor the fan's culture. The fan was a member of First Nation and said he found terms like "Indians" and "Braves" offensive, The Star reports.

“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 reportedly said.


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