Little League Champs Stripped of Title After Cheating Investigation
After a decade of unpunished malfeasance, from toxic mortgage-backed derivatives to deflated footballs, an organization is finally being held accountable for breaking the rules.
Jackie Robinson West, the team that captured national attention last year as the first all African-American team to win the championship, had its title stripped at the conclusion of investigation by Little League Baseball for including players outside their geographic area. The team must also vacate all its postseason victories.
According to ESPN and DNAInfo Chicago, “the squad has been accused of using players from outside its local area by recruiting players from neighboring Little League districts to build what amounts to a superteam.”
“This is a heartbreaking decision, said Little League CEO Stephen D. Keener in a statement. “[A]s 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.”
The title will likely revert to the Nevada’s Mountain Ridge Little League, which lost to JRW 7-5 last year, and which has demanded the winning team cede its championship.
Officials were unclear at press time as to exactly how old you have to be before you can get away with cheating.
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