Should Little League Have Stripped Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West Of Their US Title? [POLL]
By now, everyone is familiar with the story surrounding Chicago-based Jackie Robinson West Little League baseball team. The ballclub, comprised entire of African-Americans from the South Side of Chicago, was stripped of their US Championship by Little League International because they had players on their roster from outside of the team's boundaries.
The fact remains that "superteams" are common in youth sports, because coaches and parents will often recruit players from outside their region to play for them. In some cases, even high school teams have been accused of recruiting athletes to better their teams. As a result of the decision by Little League International, the team from Las Vegas has been awarded last year's U.S. Championship. No word on if President Obama will invite the Las Vegas youngsters to the White House to celebrate their "accomplishment" like he did for Jackie Robinson West. White House spokesman Josh Ernest did say that "The president is proud of the way they represented their city and the way they represented the country. The fact is some dirty dealing by some adults doesn't take anything away from the accomplishments of those young men."