Blackhawks statue defaced at United Center

A statue depicting the Chicago Blackhawks‘ logo outside the United Center was defaced over the weekend, the team confirmed in a statement Monday to The Athletic.

A Twitter account named “no racist mascots” shared photos of the statue being covered in orange paint with phrases such as “Land Back” written on and around it.

News of the incident comes on Indigenous Peoples Day, a holiday that celebrates Native Americans and honors their histories and cultures.

There has been recent pressure on the Blackhawks to change their name and mascot following the announcement that the Washington Football Team was shedding its old nickname.

In July, the Blackhawks said they would continue to use their nickname as it honors a Native American leader.

“We recognize there is a fine line between respect and disrespect, and we commend other teams for their willingness to engage in that conversation,” the team said in a statement at the time. “Moving forward, we are committed to raising the bar even higher to expand awareness of Black Hawk and the important contributions of all Native American people.”

The statue, erected in 2000 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the team, will soon be sent off for repairs.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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