Ohio legislator pushes Cleveland Indians to change name

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio state senator says it's time for the Cleveland Indians to drop their offensive name and Chief Wahoo mascot.

Eric Kearney, a Democrat from Cincinnati, introduced a resolution that if passed by the Legislature would encourage the baseball team to adopt a new name and mascot. He also sent a letter to the Indians' owner.

With the Indians in the midst of a four-game series with the Cincinnati Reds, Kearney says it's the right time to introduce the resolution. The Legislature is currently on summer break.

Indians President Mark Shapiro says the Chief Wahoo mascot represents the team's heritage and will remain in place.

In June, a federal trademark board ruled the Washington Redskins' trademarks protections should be canceled because the team name was disparaging to Native Americans.