Another possible baseball team name under fire

By Sunni Blevins - bio | email
Posted by Phil Riggan - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Another one of the suggested names for Richmond's new baseball team is coming under fire.

The NAACP says hambone is a slave dance, and therefore a derogatory term for people of African descent. Now some are saying that flatheads has Native American undertones.

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Flathead is the name ofa Native American reservation in western Montana that's home to several tribes.

A spokesperson there felt some tribal elders would find the name offensive. Closer to home, a spokesperson for the Chickahominy tribe in Charles City County says it might cause people at the games to chant or dress in Native American regalia, which he believes would in affect make fun of the heritage.

A representative from the new team says they were not aware of any controversy over the flatheads name. As far as they are concerned, it's a type of catfish in the James River.

Flatheads is still on the table. The other options for Richmond's new baseball team are Flying Squirrels, Rock Hoppers, Rhinos and Hush Puppies.

A press conference is scheduled at 2:30 this afternoon to announce the team name.

NBC12 will be there and let you know the result.

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