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Jackie Robinson West stripped of Little League World Series championship

Ford: Reaction to Illegal LLWS Team


Jackie Robinson West has been stripped of their title in the 2014 Little League World Series. Las Vegas will now be given the title.


The Jackie Robinson West team that was put together had been accused of stacking their roster with players that were not from their region. It is a violation of the rules and has now cost the championship.

"Jackie Robinson West Little League and Illinois District 4 Administrator knowingly violated Little League International Rules and Regulations by placing players on their team who did not qualify to play because they lived outside the team's boundaries," a Little League news release says.

Their Great Lakes Regional championship has also been stripped and manager Darold Butler has been suspended by the league.

"For more than 75 years, Little League has been an organization where fair play is valued over the importance of wins and losses," said Mr. Stephen D. Keener, Little League International President and CEO. "This is a heartbreaking decision. 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."

The kids are paying for the actions that the adults had taken. They can no longer call themselves the champs.

Here is some of the twitter reaction after the championship was taken away:












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Jackie Robinson West stripped of Little League World Series championship
Jackie Robinson West coach Darold Butler, right, and players make their way to Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago during a parade on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, following their Little League World Series second place finish. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Jackie Robinson West players wave to the crowd, including an overzealous fan who jumped the barriers, as they pass U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. The team stopped briefly and raised the World Series Trophy won by the Chicago White Sox. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Jackie Robinson West players ride a double decker bus northbound on Indiana Avenue in Chicago during a parade on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, following their Little League World Series second place finish. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Jackie Robinson West players are surrounded by confetti during the rally at Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, following their Little League World Series second place finish. (Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)
Darold Butler, manager of the Jackie Robinson West baseball team, holds the trophy for winning the Little League U.S. Championship during a rally honoring the team in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Jackie Robinson West defeated a team from Philadelphia to win the U.S. Championship before losing to South Korea in the final game. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, left, and Jesse Jackson, founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, attend a rally honoring the Jackie Robinson West baseball team for winning the U.S. Little League Championship in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Jackie Robinson West defeated a team from Philadelphia to win the U.S. Championship before losing to South Korea in the final game. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rahm Emanuel, mayor of Chicago, second from left, attends a celebration with manager Darold Butler, left, and members of the Jackie Robinson West baseball team in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Jackie Robinson West defeated a team from Philadelphia to win the U.S. Little League Championship before losing to South Korea in the final game. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Attendees celebrate during a rally honoring the Jackie Robinson West baseball team for winning the U.S. Little League Championship in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Jackie Robinson West defeated a team from Philadelphia to win the U.S. Championship before losing to South Korea in the final game. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Members of the Jackie Robinson West baseball team pose for photographs during a rally honoring their winning the U.S. Little League Championship in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014. Jackie Robinson West defeated a team from Philadelphia to win the U.S. Championship before losing to South Korea in the final game. Photographer: Tim Boyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 24: Members of Team Asia-Pacific (L) pose following their 8-4 win over the Great Lakes Team from Chicago, Illinois to win the Little League World Series Championship game at Lamade Stadium on August 24, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 24: Gyu Heon Kwon #12 of Team Asia-Pacific hits an RBI single in the third inning against the Great Lakes Team from Chicago, Illinois during the Little League World Series Championship game at Lamade Stadium on August 24, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 24: A general view before the start of the Little League World Series Championship game between the Great Lakes Team from Chicago, Illinois and Team Asia-Pacific at Lamade Stadium on August 24, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 24: Members of Team Asia-Pacific (L) celebrate following their 8-4 win over the Great Lakes Team from Chicago, Illinois to win the Little League World Series Championship game at Lamade Stadium on August 24, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 24: Brandon Green #14 of the Great Lakes Team from Chicago, Illinois reacts after striking out for the second out of the sixth inning as catcher Sang Hoon Han #5 of Team Asia-Pacific hold up the ball during the Little League World Series Championship game at Lamade Stadium on August 24, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Team Asia-Pacific won 8-4. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 23: Members of the Great Lakes Team from Chicago, Illinois shake hands with members of the West Team from Las Vegas, Nevada following their 7-5 win during the United States Championship game of the Little League World Series at Lamade Stadium on August 23, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 23: Starting pitcher Joshua Houston #17 of the Great Lakes Team from Chicago, Illinois throws to a batter from the West Team from Las Vegas, Nevada during the fourth inning of the United States Championship game of the Little League World Series at Lamade Stadium on August 23, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 23: Marquis Jackson #16 of the Great Lakes Team from Chicago, Illinois celebrates after stealing third base against the West Team from Las Vegas, Nevada during the first inning of the United States Championship game of the Little League World Series at Lamade Stadium on August 23, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 23: Members of the Great Lakes Team from Chicago, Illinois celebrate following their 7-5 win over the West Team from Las Vegas, Nevada during the United States Championship game of the Little League World Series at Lamade Stadium on August 23, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, PA - AUGUST 23: Members of the Great Lakes Team from Chicago, Illinois celebrate following their 7-5 win over the West Team from Las Vegas, Nevada during the United States Championship game of the Little League World Series at Lamade Stadium on August 23, 2014 in South Williamsport, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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