CHICAGO (CBS) — The parents of former Jackie Robinson West players want the team’s national championship reinstated, more than a year after Little League officials stripped JRW of its title over a cheating scandal.
Last week, parents of 13 former JRW players filed a sweeping lawsuit against Little League International, ESPN, officials from the local league and whistleblower Chris Janes. Among other allegations, the lawsuit alleged several people improperly profited from the team’s success.READ MORE: Suspect Shot, Wounded By Police On Lower Wacker Drive; 2 Others Taken Into Custody After Being Found In Vehicle Taken In Carjacking
In addition, the suit alleges the controversy resulted in emotional distress, defamation of character and invasion of privacy of the team’s members and family.
Jackie Robinson West won the national championship title in the 2014 Little League World Series but was stripped of that title last year, after Little League International ruled JRW officials allowed ineligible players, who lived outside the team’s designated boundaries, to play on the team.
On Monday, their attorney said it was up to the league to bring those allegations up before the end of the 2014 Little League World Series. He said parents did their job of handing over proof of residency and a boundary map.
Little League officials have said JRW officials twice submitted fraudulent boundary maps to the league, improperly expanding the team’s boundaries to include players who otherwise would have been ineligible to play.
The JRW parents’ attorney, James Karamanis said Little League International and local Jackie Robinson West league officials – including former league president Bill Haley – knew about the residency issues during the team’s winning run in the 2014 Little League World Series.
“Little League and JRW Inc. allowed the tournament team to go to the White House, to go to the Major League World Series, knowing of a potential problem,” he said.