CHICAGO (CBS) — Less than two months after leaders of Jackie Robinson West went to court over Little League International’s decision to strip the team of their national title, their attorney reportedly is seeking to drop the case.
DNAInfo Chicago – which broke the story about allegations JRW violated residency rules and used ineligible players during the Little League World Series – reports attorney Victor Henderson has filed a motion to withdraw the team’s request that Little League turn over all information used to strip Jackie Robinson West of its title.READ MORE: Families Hold Unity Rally To Remember Loved Ones Lost To Gun Violence
Before a judge decides on that request, Little League International has filed an objection to JRW’s original request, along with papers spelling out how it discovered the team was using ineligible players, and tried to cover that up by submitting two bogus boundary maps to make it appear all their players were eligible.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Slightly Warmer Temperatures Before Cold Returns
According to DNA Info, the league’s filing reveals only five of the 13 players on JRW actually lived within the team’s legitimate boundaries, and were eligible to play in the Little League World Series. Eight players lived outside the original boundary map, and were not eligible to play in the tournament.MORE NEWS: Woman Questions COVID-19 Clinic After Receiving Results Before Testing
Jackie Robinson West attorney Victor Henderson released a statement Tuesday afternoon saying, “Through its recent legal filings, Little League has chosen to be deceitful and dishonest by withholding material and critical information. Instead of taking a transparent and honest approach, Little League is acting like a corporate conglomerate doing everything it can to protect its image and financial interests. This is a travesty, especially because little kids are the ones who are taking the brunt of their tactic. Legal disputes, just like baseball games, don’t take place in one inning. For now, I simply encourage everyone to be patient. The game is far from over.”