The New York Mets are facing backlash from an American Indian organization after altering plans for an event later this month meant to celebrate Native American heritage.
According to the New York Times , the Mets approached a New York-based non-profit called the American Indian Community House about helping to organize a Native American Heritage Day at Citi Field. The groups picked a date, July 25, and proceeded to make plans, including traditional singing and dancing outside the stadium before first pitch.
The problem? Well, the Mets are playing the Atlanta Braves on July 25. Amid concerns that the Braves organization would consider the event a form of protest against its nickname, the team "drastically reduced the day's activities," according to the Times, canceling pregame festivities outside the stadium and eliminating two planned public service announcements during the game.
The de-emphasizing of the celebration angered the AICH, which responded by pulling out of the event,...