A viral clip showing a player in the Little League World Series having pieces of cotton placed on his head has now received a response from league officials, who told outlets on Tuesday their subsequent inquiry into the incident showed there was not any “ill intent” from those involved.
In the below clip, fellow players on the team could be seen putting the stuffing on their fellow Iowa teammate’s head during a game this Sunday between the Orioles and the Red Sox. Social media erupted over the scene.
Philip Lewis of HuffPost shared the full statement:
“During the broadcast of the MLB Little League Classic, a Midwest player was shown with filling from a stuffed animal given away at the game on his head. After speaking with the team, as well as reviewing photos, multiple players on the Midwest Region team were taking part in this while enjoying the game. As only one player appeared on the broadcast, Little League International understands that the actions shown could be perceived as racially insensitive. We have spoken with the player’s mother and the coaches, who have assured us that there was no ill-intent behind the action shown during the broadcast.”
The Davenport, Iowa team is representing the Midwest Region and defeated the Northwest Region and the Mountain Region representatives in its last two games after dropping a game to the Great Lakes Region representative.
Iowa plays again Tuesday and needs to win three more games in a row to reach the final of the United States bracket.