Braves fans perform the tomahawk chop before Game 1 of the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at SunTrust Park in Atlanta.
The sudden change was prompted by comments from Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley, whose family has deep roots in the Cherokee Nation. In an interview with the St. Louis Dispatch, Helsley described the chant as "disrespectful" and "kind of caveman-type."
When asked if he personally wants the chop removed from the Braves’ presentation, Manfred didn’t offer a concrete yes or no. He reiterated MLB would eventually discuss the topic with the club.
“Look, I think that across sports, we have seen different communities with different levels of tolerance on particular issues,” he said. “I have not had a chance to talk with Atlanta about this as a follow up to what we saw last season. It happens other places. We need to think through how closely we want to regulate what goes on in particular communities and in particular ballparks, on one hand.
“On the other hand, I certainly understand the sensitivity on this issue and have been proactive in terms of Native American concerns with respect to the Indians logo. So it’s something that will remain a topic of conversation.”