Transcript for Little League Scandal: Adults to Blame for Stacking Lineup of Championship Baseball Team
Back here at home, and to that headline today. The little leaguers stripped of their title. The national champ, Jackie Robinson west from Chicago's south side. Well, tonight, authorities say those young players are now paying the price for what the coaches and some of their parents did. Here's ABC's Ryan smith. Reporter: Chicago wins the United States championship! Last summer, Jackie Robinson west captured the hearts of a nation. Underdogs who shocked little league baseball by winning the American title. But tonight -- We work hard all year long, we weren't involved in anything that could have caused us to be stripped of our championship. Reporter: Those kids, heartbroken. Stripped of their title with adults to blame. Little league international finding adults stacked their lineup with all-star ringers from other little league districts. Creating a super team, in violation of little league rule us. Come. Fergie: One of Chicago's toughest neighborhoods, the team's improbable run to the American title gained them legions of fans. Major leaguers footed their parents bill to fly to the world championship game. And after losing to South Korea in the little league world series, a hero's welcome in Chicago. A trip to the world series. And a date with the president. All right, everybody look up and say cheese. Reporter: Who is standing by the kids. Dirty dealing by some adults doesn't take anything away from the accomplishments of those young men. Reporter: And those kids, facing a tough loss. We know that we're champions, our parents know we're champions and the teams parents know we're champions and Chicago knolls we're champions. The team's manager has been suspended and anned a M ed a madministrator involved in the situation has been removed. But so many are standing by the kids. It's going to continue to give to a college scholarship awarded to a deserving member of the team. Rib, thank you.
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