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Report: Man Who Told On Jackie Robinson West Arrested For Assault

The man whose whistleblowing—or snitching, depending upon your perspective—led to the Jackie Robinson West Little League team losing their national title has been arrested for assault, DNAInfo reports. Chris Janes is alleged to have drunkenly tried to enter a neighbor's home at 1 a.m. Tuesday, and is charged with "disorderly conduct, assault, resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer." Via DNAInfo:

At 1:09 a.m. Tuesday, a woman told police that after she pulled into her driveway a man who she didn't recognize and was later identified as Janes chased her into her house, banged on her door, yelled obscenities and threatened her husband, [Evergreen Park police Capt. Pete] Donovan said.

After officers arrested Janes, he refused to identify himself, struggled with officers and verbally abused paramedics who treated him for a minor cut on his arm, Donovan said.


In an interview with DNAInfo Janes copped to the offense, explaining that he was drunk and feels embarrassed, awful, and sorry.

Janes is the vice president of the Evergreen Park Athletic Association, which oversees the Evergreen Park Little League. He wrote an email to Little League International complaining about Jackie Robinson West, and asked that Little League International investigate them for flouting residency rules. He said he became suspicious after seeing suburban Chicago Little League officials tout players on Jackie Robinson West's U.S. championship-winning team as "hometown heroes." Little League International eventually ruled that Jackie Robinson West did indeed violate residency rules, and stripped them of their wins.

"This is in no way a reflection of Evergreen Park Athletic Association Little League whatsoever," Janes said Tuesday. "I hope people don't bridge the two together."


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