A Little League Junior softball team has been disqualified from the Junior World Series due to an inappropriate Snapchat post, according to an ESPN news report. The team, Atlee, is from the Richmond, Virginia area and is comprised of 12-to-14 year old girls. The team was set to play in the championship game Saturday on ESPN2.
The announcement from Little League came just hours before the telecast, with officials calling the incident “an inappropriate social media post.” However, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that a member of the Atlee team posted a Snapchat photo where six teammates were giving the middle finger in a gesture towards the host team from Kirkland, Washington, who Atlee beat in the semifinals 1-0 on Friday.
After deciding to remove Atlee, Little League replaced the team from Virginia with the team from Kirkland, who lost Saturday’s championship game to a team from Poland, Ohio.
“It’s a travesty for these girls,” Atlee’s manager Scott Currie told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “Yes, they screwed up, but I don’t think the punishment fit the crime.”
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The Times-Dispatch report also mentioned that the Snapchat photo was deleted immediately after Currie became aware of it. Additionally, the team apologized to Kirkland in person.