Tonight we consider a sign of the times and confirmation that the problematic moniker and game day traditions of the Kansas City Chiefs will continue to endure criticism.

Real talk . . . Kansas City football fans can get away with their sketchy conduct at Arrowhead but it's much harder to justify allegedly racist hand gestures on the road. 

Moreover . . . In places like Arizona and across the American Southwest, there's greater respect for the opinions of Native leaders and pundits aren't quite so willing to bully opposing voices.  

Accordingly, today's  “Welcome to Arizona” news conference with local Phoenix elected officials should send a clear message about how The Chiefs branding plays on the biggest stage in the world.

Here's a hint that, like it or not, so much about The Chiefs is nothing more than a legacy of the past . . .

Gov. Stephen Lewis with the Gila River Community said he supports the Chiefs’ ongoing talks with native tribes.

But he doesn’t support anything disrespectful — and that includes “The Chop.” It’s something that many groups have called for the Chiefs to end, arguing it’s racist.

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Arizona indigenous leader calls for respect at Super Bowl, no 'Chop'

PHOENIX - Kansas City Chiefs fans are already pouring into Arizona for Super Bowl LVII, but native leaders already have a message. At Monday's "Welcome to Arizona" news conference, the mayor, governor, the NFL and a representative for the 22 native tribes in Arizona greeted Super Bowl reporters.

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