2014 U.S. Little League champs stripped of title

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2014 U.S. Little League champs stripped of title

Postby Buc2 » Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:00 pm

Teach em while they're young, eh? Seriously though, it's really sad for those kids considering they most likely had no idea anything was done wrong.

After months of staying mum while cheating allegations circled U.S. champs Jackie Robinson West, Little League International has finally taken action and stripped the Chicago-based team of its title.

Jackie Robinson West, an all-black team that became a feel-good story of the summer and was celebrated from the White House to the World Series, had been in a vortex of allegations since its season ended. Chief among them: the team used ringers from outside its area, then it illegally manipulated district boundaries to its own advantage.

After months of Little League International saying the case was closed, it met with rival Little League presidents from Chicago's District 4 and re-examined the case. On Wednesday morning, came the news, via a statement from the Little League office.

"After an extensive review of the operations of Jackie Robinson West Little League and Illinois District 4, the Little League International Charter/Tournament Committee has determined that the Jackie Robinson West Little League and Illinois District 4 Administrator knowingly violated Little League International Rules and Regulations by placing players on their team who did not qualify to play because they lived outside the team’s boundaries."

"For more than 75 years, Little League has been an organization where fair play is valued over the importance of wins and losses,” said Stephen D. Keener, Little League International President and CEO. “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."


In addition to Jackie Robinson West losing its U.S. title, the team will vacate all its win en route to the title. Its manager, Darold Butler, has been suspended and the district administrator, Michael Kelley, who facilitated Jackie Robinson West's skirting of the rules, has been removed from his job.

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Re: 2014 U.S. Little League champs stripped of title

Postby StillCSG » Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:54 pm

Did you expect anything less out of Chicago?
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Re: 2014 U.S. Little League champs stripped of title

Postby Buc2 » Wed Feb 11, 2015 12:57 pm

Right?
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Re: 2014 U.S. Little League champs stripped of title

Postby eckrueger » Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:44 pm

Who cares. They were punished as they should be and the kids won't remember in 5 years. They'll remember the games and winning, not if they officially won it or not.

Kick the adults out though. Scumbags. Not that this is that terrible, but cheating to win at little league is very scummy.
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Re: 2014 U.S. Little League champs stripped of title

Postby Grim Reaper » Wed Feb 18, 2015 12:56 pm

StillCSG wrote:Did you expect anything less out of Chicago?

Sure do - they're called the 'Cubs'...
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Re: 2014 U.S. Little League champs stripped of title

Postby EastBayBucsFan » Wed Feb 18, 2015 1:17 pm

It sucks for the kids because they didn't do anything wrong. Any adults involved in this should be permanently banned.
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