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Braves blasted by Georgia Republicans for removing foam tomahawks

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 4 days ago Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY

Allowing 10 runs in the first inning is a fantastic recipe for losing a winner-take-all playoff game.

But Georgia House majority whip Trey Kelley (R) took to Twitter to pin another reason behind the Atlanta Braves' misfortunes in Wednesday's 13-1 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 5 of the NLDS: The absence of foam tomahawks in the stands. 

"This. Is. Painful," Kelley tweeted. "Have to feel this is karma for the unjustified and rash decision to do away with foam tomahawks." 

The Braves' decision came days after St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ryan Helsley, a member of the Cherokee Nation, said he found the "Tomahawk Chop" offensive. "It’s about the misconception of us, the Native Americans, and it devalues us and how we’re perceived in that way, or used as mascots," Helsley said.

The Tomahawk Chop has been a tradition at Braves games for more than two decades.

Kelley wasn't the lone prominent Georgia Republican to weigh in about the move. 

Nick Ayers, Vice President Mike Pence's former chief of staff and a prominent figure in Georgia politics, had a similar reaction. 

"Maybe don't ban the tomahawk chop next time?" he tweeted. 

Others tweeting their displeasure included Tea Party Movement co-founder Debbie Dooley, who suggested the Braves change their name to the "Atlanta Snowflakes," and Austin Chambers, the president of the Republican State Leadership Committee.

Fans at the game still did the tomahawk chop, except with their arms instead of the props. 

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Braves blasted by many Georgia Republicans for removing foam tomahawks

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