You know trust in the mainstream media has hit ultimate rock bottom when a 12-year-old Little League World Series player questions the legitimacy of a game being broadcast on ESPN because they believe that the sports network has bribed the umpire to throw the game for more favorable ratings.
(Video Credit: ESPN)
But that’s exactly how pitcher Colin Townsend, playing for Iowa, responded after a questionable call that allowed the opposing team from Washington to walk during the final inning of Saturday’s elimination game.
The midwest team’s manager Dave McFate was mic’d up as he gathered the infielders and Townsend at the mound when the pre-teen pitcher could be heard blasting ESPN for rigging the game to set the opposing team up for a comeback.
“This is for ESPN … It’s for ESPN so they can comeback… Because ESPN likes this,” the youngster said in a frustrated voice. “All ESPN.”
McFate was quick to bring the boys back to reality and gave them a quick but firm pep talk.
“Nothing we can do about that strike call, okay? There’s two outs … We gotta shake that, we gotta shake that,” McFate told the group of boys.
“Hey, focus right here. Focus right here on me,” the coach said pointing to the top of his baseball hat. “Shake it. Shake it, okay? We need one out … let’s go, you can do this. You can do this. You can do this.”
Townsend and his teammates thwarted any comeback efforts by the opposing team and won the game 6-3, so it will probably never be known if ESPN was truly fixing the game because they “like” comebacks.
On Sunday, there was outrage on social media over the Iowa team’s behavior while watching another game in an incident that “could be perceived as racially insensitive,” according to Little League officials, a TMZ report indicated.
Several of the boys were videod taking the stuffing out of a giveaway toy and placing the cotton balls on a black teammate’s head.
Here’s video from the broadcast: pic.twitter.com/CTUJ2hVg2A
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 22, 2022
Leftist who manage to find racism in everything lit up their torches and marched across social media platforms in anger over the kids horsing around.
— IseeU48 (@IseeU48) August 22, 2022
You can tell this isn’t the first time they’ve done this to that child, and their statement is bs. If this team advanced they need to be dq’d and that coach needs to be fired.
— RoseT ✊🏾 (@karmamar55) August 22, 2022
Despite the outrage, the boys were, in fact… just being boys.
“There was no ill-intent behind the action shown during the broadcast,” Little League representatives confirmed on Monday after investigating the incident.
“After speaking with the team, as well as reviewing photos, multiple players on the Midwest Region team were taking part in this while enjoying the game,” Little League officials said.
“As only one player appeared on the broadcast, Little League International understands that the actions shown could be perceived as racially insensitive,” they added.
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