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Notre Dame provides fiery protection of leprechaun mascot after survey deems it ‘offensive’

Notre Dame pushed again on scrutiny over its leprechaun mascot.

Notre Dame, nicknamed the Preventing Irish, was stated to have probably the most offensive mascots within the U.S., in accordance with a survey from the High quality Brand Merchandise Weblog. The leprechaun got here in fourth place behind Hawaii’s Vili the Warrior, San Diego State’s Aztec Warrior and Florida State’s Osceola and Renegade.

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The college pushed again on the declare.

“It’s value noting … that there isn’t any comparability between Notre Dame’s nickname and mascot and the Indian and warrior names (and) mascots utilized by different establishments such because the NFL crew previously generally known as the Redskins,” the varsity stated in a press release to the Indy Star on Monday. “None of those establishments have been based or named by Native Individuals who sought to focus on their heritage through the use of names and symbols related to their folks.

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“Our symbols stand as celebratory representations of a real Irish heritage at Notre Dame a heritage that we regard with respect, loyalty and affection.”

Sports activities nicknames and mascots have come underneath extra intense scrutiny for the reason that summer season of 2020. The Washington Soccer Group modified its identify from the Redskins and the Cleveland Indians have plans to vary their identify to the Guardians subsequent season.

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The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs and Atlanta Braves have additionally been underneath fireplace for utilizing Native American monikers however haven’t made any trace that they’ve plans to vary their names. The Chiefs did announce the choice to retire their horse, Warpaint, and the Braves have cracked down on followers utilizing the tomahawk chop throughout video games.

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