Ahead of Friday’s opener in the ALCS between the Cleveland Indians and Toronto Blue Jays, a story has surfaced about CBC (Canada’s public broadcaster) announcer John Hancock. Over a 40 year career, Hancock has plied his trade in broadcasting, but in 1992 he subtly made a stand against what he perceived as insensitive team names, including the now incredibly relevant (beacuse of the upcoming series) Cleveland Indians.
CBC’s John Hancock has been a sportscaster for more than 40 years, but says it’s time for a change in the sports world.
This week, longtime Blue Jays announcer Jerry Howarth revealed that he quietly stopped calling Cleveland’s baseball team “Indians” back in 1992. He was prompted by a heartfelt letter from an Indigenous listener who explained why the term was offensive.
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With last year’s uproad over the Washington Redskins and other seemingly racially sensitive team names out there, what’s your stance on personal ethics vs professional responsibility in this situation?