A Black Little League World Series player was, indeed, not the only one wearing cotton on his head during an MLB game on Sunday night … a new photo shows a white player had the toy stuffing placed in his hair as well.
The photo, taken by someone who appeared to be just feet away from the Little Leaguers who were playing with the stuffed animal’s filling during the MLB’s Little League Classic game in Williamsport, Penn., was posted to social media on Tuesday morning.
Here’s video from the broadcast: pic.twitter.com/CTUJ2hVg2A
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 22, 2022
In the pic, you can see a white player and a Black player both had cotton on the top of their heads. The Twitter account that shared the picture said the kids were simply trying to mimic a fellow Little Leaguer, who’s gained fame for a white hairdo.
“Many of the teammates were participating, Black and white,” the Twitter user said as a caption on the photo. “They were imitating the stud pitcher from Hawaii who has an awesome white-dyed Mohawk.”
The user also shared a video of the Black player smiling and flexing while showing off the cotton on his head.
Here’s the context. Lancaster from Hawaii is a straight stud baseball player. All the kids are getting his autograph. pic.twitter.com/pEuu1R8h37
— Author, K.E. Ganshert (@KEganshert) August 23, 2022
As we previously reported, several members of the Davenport, Iowa, Little League team — who are white — took the stuffing out of giveaway toys at the stadium during the Red Sox vs. Orioles game and placed it on a Black teammate’s head.
Viewers were outraged over the imagery — which was shown for nearly 30 seconds on ESPN’s broadcast of the game — but Little League World Series officials said in a statement Monday they were assured there was “no ill-intent” behind the actions.
“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,” officials said. “As only one player appeared on the broadcast, Little League International understands that the actions shown could be perceived as racially insensitive.”
“We have spoken with the player’s mother and the coaches, who have assured us that there was no ill-intent behind the action shown during the broadcast.”
The Davenport Little League team will take the field for the first time since the controversy later Tuesday.