Let this be a lesson, kids: The next time you want to gloat about beating your opponents on their home turf, think twice — especially if your chosen method of gloating is posting a photo on social media of six teammates flipping the bird under the caption, “watch out host.”
The 12-to-14-year-olds who make up the Atlee junior league softball team from Mechanicsville, Va.,learned this the hard way on Saturday when they were disqualified from the nationally televised championship game at the Junior League World Series in Kirkland, Wash., after one team member posted that photo on her Snapchat account.
Little League spokesman Kevin Fountain called the post “inappropriate” in a statement to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, explaining that it violated the league’s “policies regarding unsportsmanlike conduct.”
The disqualification didn’t sit well with the Atlee team manager, Scott Currie, who had found out about the photo shortly after the team posted it following a 1-0 win over Kirkland on Friday. Currie immediately reprimanded the children, aged 12 to 14, who were involved, before demanding they delete the post and apologize in person to their rivals.
“It’s a travesty for these girls,” Currie told the Times-Dispatch on Saturday. “Yes, they screwed up, but I don’t think the punishment fit the crime.”
Article source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2017/08/05/six-middle-fingers-on-snapchat-lead-to-disqualification-of-junior-league-softball-team/
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