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Braves agree to reduce Tomahawk Chop during game after Cardinals pitcher calls it 'insulting'

Ryan Helsley, a member of the Cherokee Nation, called the "Tomahawk Chop" chant insulting earlier in the series.
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FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Ryan Helsley throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati. Helsley was disappointed by his first exposure to the Atlanta Braves’ fans use of the Tomahawk Chop for their chants during games. Helsley’s vantage point is different than most players who visit SunTrust Park. He is a member of the Cherokee nation. (AP Photo/Gary Landers, File)

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves said Wednesday that they are going to take "several efforts to reduce the Tomahawk Chop" during the game today after a Native American pitcher on the St. Louis Cardinals called it "insulting."

The team said they will not distribute foam tomahawks in each seat, as they have in the past. They also agreed not to play the accompanying music or using Chop-related graphics when Ryan Helsley is in the game.

The Atlanta Braves are promising to continue their dialogue with the Native American community in the wake of Cardinals reliever Ryan Helsley's criticism of the Tomahawk Chop chant.

Helsley previously told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he thinks the chant is insulting, and the 25-year-old rookie was disappointed when it was heard during Game 1 of the NL Division Series against Atlanta.

"As stated earlier, we will continue to evaluate how we activate elements of our brand, as well as the overall in-game experience," the team said in a statement. 

The Braves play the Cardinals in Game 5 of the National League Divisional Series at 4:05 at SunTrust Park.

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