CHICAGO — A White House spokesman told reporters Wednesday that President Obama was still proud of the Jackie Robinson West Little League team but lamented "dirty dealing by some adults."
Spokesman Josh Earnest was asked at the daily news briefing at the White House about Little League International's decision to strip the Chicago squad of its U.S. championship after finding Jackie Robinson West illegally used players from other teams' recruiting areas.
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Referring to the players, Earnest said Obama was "proud of the way they represented their city and the way they represented their country."
"The fact is, you know, some dirty dealing by some adults doesn't take anything away from the accomplishments of those young men," Earnest said.
The players "should be proud of what they have accomplished" and Obama hopes "that they will continue to take that sense of purpose and that determination and that patience and apply it to success in other elements of their lives," Earnest said.
The team visited Obama at the White House in November.
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