Little League Strips U.S. Championship from Chicago-Based Jackie Robinson West Team
Well this sucks. The kids who played for the Jackie Robinson West baseball team that represented the Great Lakes region at the 2014 Little League World Series have been stripped of their U.S. Championship.
Why? Because the adults who were supposed to teach these kids about integrity, hard work, and fair play broke the rules.
You see, the teams that play in the Little League World Series are all-star teams from local leagues around the world, and there are strict rules about league boundaries. If a player lives outside your zone, he or she cannot play in your league, and thus cannot play on the team that competes in regional and international competitions. Period. However, an investigation by Little League International revealed that the Jackie Robinson West league used a falsified boundary map and colluded with neighboring leagues to get kids who weren’t in their zone on their team.
In short, they cheated.
In the interest of maintaining the integrity of the whole Little League organization, they had to strip the U.S. and district titles from Jackie Robinson West and award it to Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas. In addition, Jackie Robinson West team manager Darold Butler has been suspended, while Illinois District 4 administrator Michael Kelly has been removed from his position.
Way to go, a-holes.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]