Is this what Little League is supposed to be teaching children about life?
After Jackie Robinson West was stripped of their national title in the 2014 Little League World Series, some are saying that racism influenced the Little League’s decision.
This summer, the stories about Jackie Robinson West were about much more than baseball. Now, some players, parents and community leaders are saying that the persistent attention and investigation of the league also goes deeper.
Rev. Jesse Jackson led a solemn press conference Wednesday about Chicago’s former national Little League champions.
“Little League says that they teach character and they teach courage. Well, this isn’t an act of courage and this sure isn’t an act of character. Brandon Green and his teammates, they earned the championship win and we will not stop until justice is done,” said Venisa Green, mother of JRW player Brandon Green.
“You need to reverse this unless you’re going to go after all 16 teams. This is a racist attack and racist at the foot of this, and there’s no way I’ll back off from that, none whatsoever,” Pfleger said.
“This is persecution. This is not right, it’s unnecessary. And it’s not fair,” Jackson said.
“Yeah, we cheated, but they did, too, so our cheating should be allowed to stand or it’s… it’s… it’s racist.”
My assessment: Strip the 2014 title, and award it to no one. If all of the teams cheated, let the lesson be there is no champion among cheaters. In fact, let the 2015 championship be between two international teams, and suspend the whole nation from competing for a year, to send a message.
America, a nation of cheaters—from top-to-bottom. What a sad commentary.
The only thing worse is so-called “adults” trying to justify malfeasance. Yeah, that’s what we want to teach our young people. “You cheated, but it’s not fair someone applies the rules against you for it.”
From the article: “This weekend, Rainbow PUSH plans to have a rally for the players to remind them that they are still champions on the South Side.”
No, they’re NOT champions.
My own 18-under hockey team dominated the regular season in the early 1980’s, but about two-thirds of the way into the year, someone pointed out that one of our players was over the age-limit. We immediately dropped him, and continued to win, but with all of the forfeits we could not break back into the playoffs.
Only the coach and the player knew, but the whole team paid the price. Was I happy? Are you kidding?!? Winning a championship was my religion in those days! But it was one of the great lessons in my life—you cheat, you lose… and it hurts. A lot.
These players must learn that if someone is breaking the rules, it’s time to speak up, and point it out—even if there’s a price to be paid (Are you listening, Wall Street and DC?). Going along with cheating must be punished just as much as the specific cheaters. And that goes for every team, from every location—cheating doesn’t have a color.
Little League needs to stand firm, and send a message to every coach, parent, and team in the nation: You cheat, you’re a loser. Period. End of story.
We need another Great Awakening.