Little League claims fraud, cover-up by Jackie Robinson West

Court documents from Little League International contend Chicago's Jackie Robinson West baseball team was stripped of its national championship because of "fraud and cover-up."

- Court documents from Little League International contend Chicago's Jackie Robinson West baseball team was stripped of its national championship because of "fraud and cover-up."

Little League Baseball filed documents last week in response to a lawsuit by Jackie Robinson West seeking documentation for why the league took the action.

The court filings indicate maps submitted in September and December by JRW differed from the original boundary map submitted in May when the team began tournament play.

Little League claimed the team admitted backdating a boundary map to "try to retroactively bring the JRW players who played in the 2014 tournament within the JRW boundaries."

Little League also contended that district administrators met with officials from surrounding leagues "to get them to retroactively agree to boundary changes" so players would not be found ineligible.

The final map, submitted in December, plotted the players' addresses but was found to be falsified, leading Little League to determine that only 5 of the 13 players lived within the actual league boundaries; 8 did not. The league did not specifically identify which players were ineligible.

Little League Baseball admitted that at the start of the tournament, its officials did not verify the accuracy of the boundary maps, instead expecting the honesty of those involved and the self-policing of neighboring leagues to prevent cheating.

In a statement Tuesday, team attorney Victor Henderson accused Little League Baseball of being "deceitful and dishonest by withholding material and critical information..... to protect its image and financial interests."

He added that legal disputes don't take place in one inning, saying "the game is far from over."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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