Pre-teen league lifts ban on team that suited up adult

Photo Credit: ©Kevin Stockwell, Pascoag, RI
Photo Credit: ©Kevin Stockwell, Pascoag, RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A youth football team in Providence caught playing an adult in one of its games can now apply to be reinstated in the league.

The Capital City Buccaneers were dismissed from the RI Pre-Teen Organization last month for multiple violations of the league’s by-laws and putting children at risk of injury.

The 19-year-old, reportedly the older brother of a team member, apparently sneaked onto the field last month to play in a game against 13- and 14-year-old players.

The controversy came to light after a spectator circulated pictures of the man in full uniform.

Photo Credit: ©Kevin Stockwell, Pascoag, RI
Photo Credit: ©Kevin Stockwell, Pascoag, RI

The head coach was fired soon after and the team was first banned from participating in the remainder of the season, then later from the league altogether.

“I’m embarrassed, I feel disrespected,” Alexandra Diaz, the team’s founder, told Eyewitness News after the news broke. “There are no words that can explain how I feel.”

Now that the ban has been lifted, the team will have to apply to be reinstated in the organization.