Rev. Jesse Jackson Says Race a Factor in Chicago Little League Cheating Scandal
Rev. Jesse Jackson Says Race a Factor in Chicago Little League Cheating Scandal (Photo Credit: CBS News Video Screengrab)

(OPINION) — Never one to shy away from pulling the race card, Rev. Jesse Jackson says race is a factor in the Chicago Little League losing its championship title. The Jackie Robinson West little league team was stripped of its championship amid allegations that some of the players lived outside the allowed geographic boundaries.

At an afternoon press conference, the Rev. Jesse Jackson asked, “Is this about boundaries or race?”

“This decision’s untimely and inappropriate at this time,” Jackson told reporters. “It should not take six months after a team has played a championship game to determine eligibility to play the game in the first place.”

The league’s decision came after teams from Illinois and Nevada complained that Jackie Robinson West’s roster was rigged. Source: CBS News

I feel bad for the kids who played their hearts out and won the championship. The blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the adults who broke the rules. What are they teaching the children? That it’s okay to skirt the rules just to win? This isn’t so much about race, but about doing the right thing and being honest.