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Black Little League team stripped of US title

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A great victory that was celebrated in Chicago and across America has turned into a humiliating scandal for a Little League baseball team. Jackie Robinson West Little League team has been stripped of its U.S.championship title because of the use of ineligible players.  It has been reported that the team used players that were outside of the geographic area that the team represents. In addition, the team’s manager, Darold Butler, has been suspended from Little League activity.

It was found that the Jackie Robinson West team used falsified maps and met with neighboring teams to build a super team of players. Now the title of Little League U.S. Champions goes to Mountain Ridge Little League from Las Vegas.

“This is a heartbreaking decision. What these players accomplished on the field and the memories and lessons they have learned during the Little League World Series tournament is something the kids can be proud of, but it is unfortunate that the actions of adults have led to this outcome. As our Little League operations staff learned of the many issues and actions that occurred over the course of 2014 and prior, as painful as this is, we feel it a necessary decision to maintain the integrity of the Little League program. No team can be allowed to attempt to strengthen its team by putting players on their roster that live outside their boundaries,” said Little League International CEO Stephen D. Keene in a statement.

The all-Black team was lauded not only for their playing ability, but also for their sportsmanship. The team was honored at the White House and was held up as a shining example to other young Black athletes.



7 Comments

  1. boogabutt on February 11, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Cheaters never win and (REAL) winners never cheat…..The adults of this organization should be ashamed of themselves. Shameful Shameful!

  2. Steelo on February 11, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    The Coach, Staff & Parents was looking for their 15 minutes and forgot about those super talented kids. All the adults need their azzes kicked to the left field wall!!

  3. Jason on February 12, 2015 at 10:02 am

    They are still the champs. Not the players fault, and I am sure the other teams do similar. They are still a team of young Black boys who beat the best in the world. They are the BEST young players in the world.

    • Erica on February 13, 2015 at 7:43 pm

      As much as I would like to celebrate these young brothers accomplishment–it would be unfair of me to do so. If an all-white team did this, would you have the same feelings? The playing field has to be the same. They were a All-Chicago All-Star team. Not fair to other districts. Do you have evidence the teams cheated in a likewise manner? Please enlighten us.

  4. Rashad Young Shogun Persons on February 18, 2015 at 12:22 am

    I bet if Keanu Reeves was their manager it would have been cool

  5. Rashad Young Shogun Persons on February 18, 2015 at 12:24 am

    If they show it on t.v and monetize it for themselves then teams should be able to recruit

  6. Rashad Young Shogun Persons on February 18, 2015 at 12:27 am

    But it’s all good cause all those kids probably got contracts to go pro at 17 for winning