Twista Outraged Jackie Robinson Little League Players Are Stripped of U.S. Title
When the players on Chicago's Jackie Robinson West little league team won the 2014 Little League World Series, they were celebrated by much of the country. They met President Obama and even received a heartfelt speech from Chance the Rapper.
Unfortunately, they were stripped of their U.S. title because league officials accused the team of having players who lived outside of the area that would make them eligible to compete.
The team plays in Chicago and Twista, one of the city's most respected rap figures, calls the whole thing racist. The rapper says some people have a problem with an all-black team winning the championship. "It's the friendly game of baseball," he told TMZ. "No one is comfortable when a group like them does something positive in that. They rush to tear them down. I'm outraged. You don't see this extensive of an investigation happen unless it happens to black people.'
The 'Overnight Celebrity' creator also shared that there's a good reason some of the kids came from various neighborhoods to play -- a major park and baseball field in Chicago was torn down.
"There was a park in the Dolton area that got torn down that made the kids have to even play at Jackie Robinson," he explained. "No one pays attention to what they have to go through to play baseball."
Stephen D. Keener, the league's international president, said he had to strip the team's title to uphold the integrity of the league.
"We had no choice," he said in an interview with ESPN. "We had to maintain the integrity of the Little League program ... As painful as this is, it's a necessary outcome from what we finally have been able to confirm."
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