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Minnesota team apologizes for handshake spitting

8/25/2007

COON RAPIDS, Minn. -- The Coon Rapids Little League club has
apologized after two Minnesota players spit into their hands before
shaking hands with players from Chandler, Ariz., who had eliminated
Coon Rapids from the Little League World Series.

Coon Rapids manager Mark Lowe issued the apology after learning
that ESPN video televised nationally showed two players spitting
into their hands before the traditional postgame handshakes after
Wednesday's 9-2 loss.

Lowe called it a "lapse in judgment.''

"We apologize to the players and coaches of Arizona, to the
people of Coon Rapids and Minnesota. We have reflected poorly on
the community,'' the statement read. The statement was released by
Little League officials from the tournament in South Williamsport,
Pa.

Coon Rapids National finished 1-2 in the series for 12- and
13-year-olds.

The team planned to stay in South Williamsport through Sunday's
championship game.

A welcome-home rally was scheduled at 7 p.m. Monday at the Mall
of America after the team flies back to the Twin Cities.