Chiefs ban fans wearing headdresses

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Although they’re not taking any steps as significant as the Washington Football Team changing its name, the Kansas City Chiefs have also agreed to make some changes after consulting with Native American leaders.

The Chiefs announced today that they will ban fans from wearing headdresses or face paint that is designed to mimic Native Americans. They are also reviewing whether the “Arrowhead Chop” and drumming in the stadium are offensive and need to go.

“While we have discouraged fans from wearing headdresses for several years, effective immediately, fans will be prohibited from wearing headdresses into the stadium,” the Chiefs said in a statement. “Face painting is still allowed for all fans, but any face paint that is styled in a way that references or appropriates American Indian cultures and traditions will be prohibited.”

The team says it has an ongoing dialogue that may lead to more changes.

“We are grateful for the meaningful conversations we have had with all of these American Indian leaders,” the team said. “It is important that we continue the dialogue on these significant topics, and we look forward to continuing to work together in the future.”

40 responses to “Chiefs ban fans wearing headdresses

  1. “The Chiefs announced today that they will ban fans from wearing headdresses or face paint..” So no more Ronald McDonald face paint that matches the team’s ketchup and mustard themed uniforms?

  2. Lets see how many people defend someone in red-face & a tribal headdress, its no different than wearing black-face and having a spear.

  3. “They are also reviewing whether the “Arrowhead Chop” and drumming in the stadium are offensive and need to go.”

    They’re lucky they’re not forced to do a deep dive into their in-attendance fan base because 98% of them are “offensive and need to go”.

  4. I have an even better idea. Tear down Arrowhead stadium and then build “PC” stadium.

  5. Pul-lease get rid of the tomahawk chop AND the chant. If you happen to be a Braves fan and a Chiefs fan I feel for you.

  6. Christ… red face? That sounds more gross than a drunk white dude wearing a headdress and face paint…

  7. Just change the name, what the hell good is being the “Chiefs” if you take away everything associated with it?

  8. Nelson Muma says:
    August 20, 2020 at 4:23 pm
    Might want to get rid of that arrow head shape on the helmet too.

    The stadium too!

  9. Annnnnnnd it starts. RIP
    Be careful what you wish for… you might just get it!

  10. If they are not offending your culture, you do not get to decide if they are offending someone else’s culture too much. If the culture they are identifying with is offended, then no other opinions are needed.

  11. The Chiefs have taken a lot of heat from posters here: Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt, Frank Clark, others are suitable for lambasting until the facts surfaced and commended their positions. Now they are circumspect in contacting Natives to evaluate their position regarding fans’behavior.

    Seems the team is doing things the right way, no?

  12. Slowly but surely, pushing the native community under a rock. Sad that it is slowly going away – it was nice to see people honored to represent the native American culture who are not of native ancesetry.

  13. I’m good with the chant. They could change the chop to just raising their hands and moving to the rhythm of the chant.

    Not many fans wore a indian headdress anyway.

    Chiefs fans are the best.

  14. As a kid who grew up loving Florida State, Washington, Illinois and a bunch of other Indian themed named teams, this sounds crazy to me. I went to a high school with an Indian name. These symbols helped me learn about, appreciate and respect the Indian culture. But now some people – many who did not grow up with these teams – want to erase history because of their current view on things. What about our view?

  15. Hard to believe they are reviewing the banging of the drum before the game. The other stuff I can sympathize with, but banging a drum is stealing Native America culture now? Welp, better ban drums from all music ASAP so we do not offend anyone. Music just will not be the same but better safe than sorry now a days.

    Oh well, it will always be 🎶 land of the free and the home of the CHIEEEEEEFS 🎶

  16. I’ve never seen teams like the Braves, Chiefs and Warriors be a problem. I understand that redskins is pretty bad.

  17. they tried to ban the tomahawk chip back in the 90’s but the fans ignored it. Chiefs have always had good communication with native tribe leaders regarding the team. It’s why the mascot is a wolf and they stopped doing some of these things already a while back. They’ve changed things over the years to make sure they are being respectful, they are just doing what they’ve done before, listen.

  18. Chiefs fans roll with the team. If they change the name to Chefs the Chefs will still beat every team in the league.

  19. Just drop the “I”, change the name to the “Chefs” and make the logo a pastry hat…

  20. “I’m really worried about what this country will look and be like in a couple decades”


    I’m thinkin’ months to a year or two.

  21. If the mob starts pushing them to change the name just change the logo to a firefighter shield or axe. The colors already match a firefighter theme as does the name Chiefs. The team was named after a former mayor nicknamed the “Chief” anyway and I’m sure firefighters would be honored not offended (as most healthy thinking people should be) to have a team named after them.

  22. amaf21 says:
    August 20, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    The Kansas City Football team has a nice ring to it.

    They should just change every team to The (City/State Name) Football Team and be done with it.

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