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What Led Payton Prep To Cancel Game On South Side?

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A controversy’s still raging on Monday over the cancellation of a weekend baseball game between two Chicago high school teams.

WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, it was Saturday night when Payton Prep from the North Side was supposed to play Brooks Prep in the far South Side Roseland neighborhood.

The Payton coach was forced to forfeit the game after he says parents of some of his players refused to let their children go to the neighborhood out of safety concerns.

Payton coach William Wittleder told the Chicago Sun-Times he was flabbergasted and embarrassed.

Now the principal of Payton, Tim Devine, says it wasn’t racism but logistical issues that led to the game’s cancellation.

A schools spokeswoman says there were scheduling issues for players taking AP tests and visiting colleges.

She also cites transportation issues since she says Payton coaches didn’t request a bus as they normally do.

Meanwhile, the Brooks coach says he doesn’t want his school to ever play Payton again.