'No ill-intent' cited in incident with Iowa Black Little League player – USA TODAY

Little League World Series officials said there was “no ill-intent” after a video of players sticking a cotton-like material on a Black teammate’s head drew backlash online.
All of the players involved were wearing uniforms of the Midwest Region, which is represented this year by a team from Davenport, Iowa. 
The video played on ESPN during Sunday’s Little League Classic game between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox. The Black player can be seen sitting in a chair as teammates pull the stuffing out of toys and stick it on his head. Social media backlash began soon after the clip aired.   
Here’s video from the broadcast: pic.twitter.com/CTUJ2hVg2A
In a statement, a Little League World Series spokesperson said that while officials understood how the incident “could be perceived as racially insensitive,” they were assured “there was no ill-intent behind the action shown during the broadcast” after speaking with the child’s mother and coaches.
“After speaking with the team, as well as reviewing photos,” officials said, “multiple players on the Midwest Region team were taking part in this while enjoying the game.
“As only one player appeared on the broadcast, Little League International understands that the actions shown could be perceived as racially insensitive.”
The Davenport Southeast Little League team is representing Iowa and the Midwest at this year’s Little League World Series. The team is now 2-1 in the series, having won back-to-back elimination games after dropping its opener.
Iowa plays again at 6 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN, against Texas’ Pearland Little League.
Dargan Southard covers Iowa and UNI athletics, recruiting and preps for the Des Moines Register, HawkCentral.com and the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Email him at [email protected] or follow him on Twitter at @Dargan_Southard. 


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