Pinto horse Warpaint retires from Chiefs soccer video games
KANSAS CITY (AP) – The Kansas City Chiefs are retiring Warpaint the Horse, President Mark Donovan said at training camp Monday.
Warpaint is a two-time world pinto champion who galloped on the field before the games and after the Chiefs touchdown at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.
The pinto horse was originally ridden by a man in a full Native American headdress. Instead, a cheerleader has been riding Warpaint for years while the Chiefs distance themselves from the images of the Native Americans.
Last season, the Chiefs banned fans from wearing headdresses or war paint to gain more cultural sensitivity and began pushing for a subtle change to the tomahawk chop celebration when they complained about racism. Cheerleaders used a closed fist instead of an open palm to signal the beating of a drum. The team usually has a celebrity or other guest of honor beat a big drum before the game starts.