Little League World Series officials say there was ‘no ill intent’ after team stucks ‘cotton’ on Black player’s head


Little League World Series officials have said there was no “malicious intent” after a video of players pasting a cotton-like material on a black teammate’s head caused a stir online.

In the videothe player, wearing a Midwestern uniform, sits in a chair while teammates take the stuffing out of toys and stick it on the youth’s head.

The team, from Davenport, Iowa, appeared to be watching Sunday’s Little League Classic game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox as the incident, which was broadcast on ESPN, unfolded.

“That’s just Little Leaguers who are Little Leaguers out there,” says one commentator as the camera steps onto the scene.

A spokesperson for the Little League World Series said in a statement that while officials understood how the incident “could be perceived as racially insensitive,” the organization was assured after speaking with the child’s mother and coaches that “there is no bad intentions behind it.” the action shown during the broadcast.”

The Davenport Southeast Little League later offered more details about the video and the situation. The Iowa group said its players were given a stuffed animal and took out the stuffing “in an attempt to mimic the white mohawk of the Hawaii team’s star player, who they say is a great baseball player with a really cool haircut.”

“Unfortunately, the cameras didn’t show the guys putting stuffing on the heads of multiple players,” or that the black player was smiling and loving his new “look,” the Davenport group said in a statement posted online, along with video of the player.

The team had “absolutely no malicious intent or racial motivations,” and the kids were trying to impersonate a player they admire, the Iowa group said.

“We are in no way trying to minimize the racial insensitivity of the boys’ actions and apologize for the harm this video has caused. We spoke to the boys to inform them of why it was inappropriate – which none of them did.” had realized or understood then. They understand now, giving them a life lesson that they will take with them.”

The video received strong criticism online, with many declaring it racist, while some warning it could discourage black children from playing sports.

“That’s traumatic and the young man looks humiliated,” wrote one social media user. “The @ESPN announcer had the audacity to say, ‘Kids are still kids.’ Shameful,” the user wrote, tagging the broadcaster, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment overnight.

“Hey @MLB – you want more black kids in the game but this is what happens when they play America’s Pastime,” said another.

The incident comes days after a black mother sued the Los Angeles Unified School District in state court over a previous elementary school project where she said students picked cotton to learn about slavery.

In the lawsuit, Rashunda Pitts labeled the project, which took place in 2017, as “culturally insensitive” and said her daughter had suffered extreme emotional distress as a result.

A school district spokesperson told NBC Los Angeles in October 2017 that school administrators immediately removed the cotton plant after becoming aware of Pitts’ concerns. A district spokesperson said in an email to NBC News this month that the district typically does not comment on pending or pending lawsuits.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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