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News station apologizes for ‘racially insensitive’ Braves chyron

A California news station apologized Thursday over a “racially insensitive” chyron used in its coverage of the Atlanta Braves’ loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS the previous night.

KTVU, based in Oakland and serving the San Francisco Bay Area, highlighted St. Louis’ 13-1 blowout victory over Atlanta with the chyron, “Braves Scalped.”

The chyron elicited immediate and widespread condemnation on social media, and KTVU unsurprisingly issued a statement apologizing for it.

“Wednesday evening, in our 6 p.m. newscast, we had a story about the Atlanta Braves that included a phrase that was racially insensitive toward Native Americans. It was not our intention to offend anyone, and we want to express our deepest apologies for the use of that phrase,” the station indicated in a tweet that also included video of an on-air apology.

KTVU’s misstep comes only days after the Braves announced the team would not distribute their traditional red foam tomahawks to fans for Wednesday’s Game 5 at SunTrust Park. The decision was made after Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley, a member of Cherokee Nation, condemned Braves fans’ “Tomahawk Chop” cheer.

Despite the Braves’ desire to “reduce the Tomahawk Chop during our in-ballpark presentation,” some fans nevertheless still did the cheer during Game 5.