In perhaps the best display of bad sportsmanship since Rosie Ruiz purported to have “won” the 1980 Boston Marathon, Little League officials this week vacated the the U.S. championship from Chicago metro youth baseball league Jackie Robinson West.
Chicago’s feel-good story of the decade doesn’t feel so good any more because of lousy, lying, cheating adults who have wronged all kids involved: The ones who won, those who lost, those denied a chance to compete and mostly, every kid who looks up to adults, coaches and administrators. Nice job, a-holes.
Jackie Robinson West, the all-star, all African-American Little League team from the city’s South Side that captured the hearts of Chicagoans by making it all the way to the Little League World Series championship game before losing to South Korea, was stripped of its U.S. title for knowingly using ineligible players.
The only good news to come out of this was an obvious “teachable moment” for kids that cheating is wrong, lying has consequences and honestly is the best policy.
Jesse Jackson, however, chose to say the ruling had nothing to do with that and was just racist because the kids are black. I’m shocked.
There are rallys lined up behind this reprehensible thinking and administrators and politicians screaming that these kids are victims of racism. No, you repulsive race-baiters – these kids are victims of adults who think cheating and lying is okay as long as you get what you want.
Now who do we know with those traits? Jackson doesn’t care about blacks, kids, rules or anything else.
He only cares about the shake-down and continued funding of his evil coalition.
Sometimes I think the best reason to end racism is to put this charlatan out of business. Hey – when Al Sharpton and Eric Holder don’t show up, I’m pretty sure the whole “racism” excuse is pretty invalid.
Among others, manager, Darold Butler was suspended for violating rules that do not allow the use of players who live beyond the geographic area that the team represents. In addition an Illinois District Little League official has been removed from his position.
Officials report that, upon investigation, Jackie Robinson West adults were found to have used a district map that “falsified” boundaries, thus allowing them to unfairly create a “superteam” after recruiting desirable youth players.
As a consequence, the United States championship has been awarded to previous runner ups, Mountain Ridge Little League from Las Vegas.
League International president and CEO Stephen D. Keener told ESPN on Wednesday, “The real troubling part of this is that we feel horribly for the kids who are involved with this. Certainly, no one should cast any blame, any aspersions on the children who participated on this team. To the best of our knowledge, they had no knowledge that they were doing anything wrong. They were just kids out playing baseball, which is the way it should be.
They were celebrated for that by many, many organizations, many people. What we’re most concerned about today is that it’s going to be hard on these kids. And that’s the part that breaks your heart.”
“This is a heartbreaking decision,” Keener said, “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.”
In just one media cycle, no less than on, Jackie Robinson West Adult officials have joined the ranks of other famous cheaters such as Lance Armstrong, Marion Jones, and Tanya Harding.
Hopefully, through competition, the Jackie Robinson West youth learned something about character and integrity. It’s too bad their Adult leaders had to learn the hard way.
If you listen to the race-baiters, the message to kids is clear: Cheat, lie and steal. If you get caught, whine, blame others, cry racism. Grow up with no integrity.
Keener continued: “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.”
But Keener said something even more important.
“For more than 75 years, Little League has been an organization where fair play is valued over the importance of wins and losses,” he noted, calling the penalty “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.”
Hard to argue with that, right? Not if you’re a bunch of race-baiters and politicians pandering for black votes. While we’re here, let’s throw in Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. You remember him, right? He’s the “never let a crisis go to waste” cat who used to run interference for Obama before getting elected Mayor of Chicago. He’s run the city into the ground, but still thinks he can be re-elected.
Whoa – a crisis! Just hours after the decision to strip the team of its national championship, Rahm Emanuel was on the phone asking the organization to reverse a decision that he said unfairly made the young players responsible. Which is false. Clearly the adults are responsible.
But Little League International CEO Stephen D. Keener would not budge, telling the Mayor that as difficult as the decision was and as tough as it has been emotionally on the children and their families, the decision by the organization’s charter committee was final. And listen to this idiot politician:
“Why do you think Jackie Robinson West was created?” said Carrie Austin, a Chicago alderman. “Kids like these weren’t allowed to play in other leagues, so they formed their own. And now, after they whipped your butts, you’re going to turn around and challenge it on a technicality.
A technicality? Rules are now “technicalities”? Nice job, there Carrie – next time your house gets ripped off, the defendent’s lawyer will have some precedent: His client was guilty only because a technicality, not the rule of law. Dope.
And some ignorant parents who seriously lack parenting skills are going nuts:
“I know what they did and what they came from,” Nedra Jones, mother of outfielder Pierce Jones, told the Chicago Tribune. “Actually, I’m upset and disappointed because now my son has the mad face because he feels like he did something wrong and he didn’t.”
Venisa Green, mother of outfielder Brandon Green: “Would they rather the boys be killed in the Chicago streets than actively engaged in the sport they love?”
Yo – Vanessa – if these are the values you’re instilling, you might just get your question answered tragically when your kid grows up thinking that breaking rules is okay. You are a bad, bad parent.
Barack Obama, for his part, didn’t engage in the race-baiting. But things still stink from the top down.