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Old 09-07-2015, 11:10 PM   #1
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Uniforms prompt dispute in youth football league in Fort Bend

A group of children with a passion for football are caught in the middle of a war of words between adults.

The Fort Bend Youth Football league kicked the Fresno Gators out of its organization last month, claiming the team had the same name as another team in the league and wouldn't change it after being given two years to do so.

"Anything with the word Gators had to be immediately removed and then the higher-ticket items like uniforms, was a phase-out program," Jacqueline Jean-Baptiste with the Fort Bend Youth Football League said.

The Fresno Gators' team president said they did agree to make those changes and dropped the name Gators. But he claims the league later decided to let them keep their logo.

"As the second year came around, the league gave me my logo back," Fresno Gators president Anthony Joubert said.

Joubert said he spent about $8,000 on uniforms with the logo, only to be told the league changed its mind and wanted it gone.

"They weren't reimbursing us nothing," Joubert said.

Some Fresno parents told KPRC 2 they didn't know any of this was happening until their team was booted out of the league.

"We were never notified of anything," parent Julianne Torres said. "I'd never gotten an email. Nobody ever came out here."

Parents said they are upset that the team was expelled from the league in the middle of a season.

"Why not just let them continue and just finish the season?" Torres said.

"At the end of the day, I don't care about anything else," parent Barbara Evans said. "Let's let the kids be kids and have an opportunity to be a part of something."

The Fresno Gators have joined another league, but the team president wants to sue the football league.



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