Jackie Robinson West Little League Sues Stephen A. Smith
It's been two years since Jackie Robinson West made its mercurial run through the Little League World Series, beating all U.S. teams before losing the title game to South Korea. It was the feel-good story of the summer, as the all-black team from Chicago made a visit to the White House and were guests of the San Francisco Giants during the World Series.
But soon after, Little League Inc. vacated their U.S. title, charging that Jackie Robinson played fast and loose with their league boundaries -- using ringers from other districts, said Little League.
And the parents have been crying foul ever since. On Thursday, as first reported by The Big Lead, Jackie Robinson West sued Stephen A. Smith for his comments on First Take, when he specifically roasted the coaches, among them team manager Darold Butler.
Smith is being sued for defamation, after making comments suggesting Jackie Robinson West's former coach Darold Butler fabricated documents and knew certain members on the team were ineligible as the team made its run to the Little League World Series.
The lawsuit filed by parents of Jackie Robinson West alleges that Butler diligently submitted the necessary paperwork to Little League International, but that Little League either ignored potential boundary issues, or kept them a secret in order to profit from the popularity of Jackie Robinson West.
They are also suing the opposing coach who blew the whistle on the boundary issue, and ESPN. Which means they're suing Walt Disney. Hope they don't find out that Minnie Mouse has priors.
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