In the aftermath of the Cleveland Indians announcing that they would retire their controversial Chief Wahoo logo, ESPN’s Max Kellerman called for the replacing of Notre Dame’s Fighting Irishman. “Should that also change? The answer is yes. Unequivocally yes,” Kellerman said of the Fighting Irishman logo. “Pernicious, negative stereotypes of marginalized people, that offend, even some among them, should be changed. It’s not that hard.” According to a story in Maxim, Kellerman drew a mixed reaction on social media, with some refuting his equation of the two mascots, others defending Notre Dame, and others, most notably fellow sportscaster Brian Kenny, agreeing with him.
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