Little League Stripped Of US National Championship Because They Broke The Rules

Imagine being on a winning Little League team, going to the US Little League World Series and winning the National Championship. What a thrill! Now, imagine having the championship taken away from you in a cheating scandal. Maybe that's hard to imagine, but that's exactly what has happened to the Jackie Robinson West All Stars of Chicago.

For kids like the All Star's Darion Radcliffe playing in the big national competition was a dream come true. But, it had to be a nightmare when the championship he and his team-mates won was revoked because there were members of the team from outside the district which was a violation of the rules.

It's a story that people are talking about across the country. In Sherman Oaks, where the local Little League was practicing, there was much reaction. Most favored the league's action. Players said if you don't follow the rules you're cheating. Parents agreed.

In Chicago, some like Jesse Jackson raised the spectre of racism as did hip hop artist Twista. They questioned if the league's actions were really about racism and not boundaries.

Miguel Ortiz who coaches at the Sherman Oaks field said "I don't think that. I think Twista should stay to rap and leave baseball to baseball people." Ortiz used to play in the minor leagues for the Toronto Blue Jays. He says "they broke the rules. They got to pay."

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