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10 Most Controversial Sports Mascots In History

10 Most Controversial Sports Mascots In History

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The controversy surrounding the name of the Washington Redskins has led to some discussion about other potentially offensive mascots in sports. These 10 have all had their fair share of controversy over the years.

10. Atlanta Braves

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10. Atlanta Braves

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It isn't so much the logo or jerseys the Atlanta Braves wear that are offensive, but everything surrounding the team. Things like the "Tomahawk Chop" could definitely be seen as offensive by some people.

9. Kansas City Chiefs

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9. Kansas City Chiefs

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Yet another team basing their name on Native Americans, the Kansas City Chiefs don't have as offensive a name, but using an arrowhead in their logo could suggest violence to some. Then again, their field is called Arrowhead Stadium.

8. Washington Bullets

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8. Washington Bullets

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Amidst heavy gun violence in Washington D.C., the Washington Bullets were a very questionable choice for the city's basketball team. Eventually they changed the name, but controversy then arose about the link between Washington Wizards and the KKK in a heavily African-American population.

7. San Diego State Aztecs

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7. San Diego State Aztecs

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This name is based on northern Mexican culture and isn't the most flattering. They do mention Montezuma in their fight song, which some may not be in favor of.

6. College of William and Mary Tribe

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6. College of William and Mary Tribe

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William and Mary decided to take away the feathers from their logo so that they wouldn't feel like they were offending anyone. It still took quite a long time for a change to the logo.

5. North Dakota Fighting Sioux

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5. North Dakota Fighting Sioux

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North Dakota was made aware that their mascot was offensive enough that they changed their mascot entirely. In fact, they don't even have a mascot at this point in time after dropping the Fighting Sioux from their team.

4. Illinois Fighting Illini

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4. Illinois Fighting Illini

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Illinois recently had to get rid of their beloved mascot Chief Illiniwek. His face paint and other decorations were found offensive by several groups.

3. Florida State Seminoles

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3. Florida State Seminoles

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Even though Florida State has received permission from area tribes to keep their name, their mascot, who dresses in full dress, could be taken very offensively. Depending on what happens with the Washington Redskins, perhaps a change could be coming to FSU in the future.

2. Washington Redskins

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2. Washington Redskins

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Obviously as the most popular team with a potentially offensive mascot, the Washington Redskins are getting all of the coverage nationally. It doesn't appear the team is going to change their name anytime soon, unless the federal government or the NFL somehow finds a way to force the change.

1. Cleveland Indians

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1. Cleveland Indians

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The Cleveland Indians have by far the most offensive mascot in sports. Just the name Indian isn't seen as all that bad, but their logo with the completely red and crazy looking Native American is unacceptable and is likely to change soon.