(CHICAGO) — The plot thickens in Chicago as a Little League team stripped of its U.S. championship title due to using ineligible players has hired an attorney, presumably, to try and overturn the decision.
Last year, the all African-American Jackie Robinson West team was the toast of the Little League world, even getting invited to the White House. However, it was later discovered that some players lived outside of the team’s geographic area, a violation of Little League International’s rules.
LLI President and CEO Stephen Keener said it was only the third time in the league’s 75-year history that a team was stripped of its title for cheating.
Now, attorney Victor Henderson says he investigating all aspects of the case, claiming the decision might have been made out of confusion about how the Jackie Robinson team was put together.
Henderson insisted, “There is no talk of a lawsuit. We don’t know enough information yet to know why the league made the decision that it did.”
However, he told the players and their families not to assume yet that their championship has been relinquished unless he finds that the process used by Little League International has been “above board.”
In addition to losing the title, Jackie Robinson West must vacate all its wins en route to the title. Manager Darold Butler has been suspended and district administrator Michael Kelley, who facilitated Jackie Robinson West’s skirting of the rules, has been fired.
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