Blackhawks' logo statue defaced with paint, graffiti ahead of Indigenous Peoples' Day

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(RADIO.COM Sports) Over the weekend leading up to Indigenous Peoples' Day on Monday, a statue of the Blackhawks' logo outside of the United Center was coated in orange paint and various messages written in spray paint and graffiti, the Athletic reported.

Below are images posted by a Twitter account with the handle @zhigaagoong, a word from the the Anishinaabemowin language that refers to the area of land that's now covered by Chicago, as reported by Scott Powers of the Athletic.

Another post from the same account showed a video of several of the messages and was captioned "f--- your advisory committee, @chicagosmayor," using the handle of Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot, who formed a committee to look into memorials and monuments in Chicago after the removal of the statues of Christopher Columbus.

The incident occurred over the weekend, and the statue was covered with a tarp Monday and fenced in before it gets sent off for repair, a team spokesman told the Athletic.

Some sports teams, including the Washington Football Team and the Cleveland Indians, have modified or plan to change their names, logos and mascots in an attempt to remove offensive or stereotypical Native American images and words. That isn't in the Blackhawks' plans as they stood firmly by their name and logo in July, explaining that they view it as a celebration of Black Hawk's legacy.

“We’re trying to honor the logo and be respectful,” general manager Stan Bowman said, according to the Associated Press. “There’s certainly a fine line between respect and disrespect, and I think we want to do an even better job. I think the most important thing is to be clear that we want to help educate. ... I think we’ve done a good job, but we want to do a better job. And I think we’re committed to that as we go forward.”

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