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As you guys know, I was banned from coaching little league after I was doxed last year. I had lead my son's teams for 12 seasons.

The loss was devastating for both of us.

We used that special time to see each other more, as I am divorced.

Here's an (amazing) update:
First off all, they told me I was banned the night before his 11 year old try out. He didn't get the news until 1030PM that night. It was rough.

But the next day, I took him there and we both held our head's high.

He performed well and was a high draft pick.
Then this year is his 12 year old season. His last and final little league year. The year he has a chance to go to the Little League World Series.

To say that he (and I) were excited for this season is an understatement.

We'd talked about it since he was 5 years old.
My son had a great try out and was drafted in the first round by a team whose coaches were:

1 - the League President
2 - the division Commissioner

Both of whom are on the Board.

These two men (plus one other) were the only voices who opposed my banishment.
That the League President and the Division Commissioner drafted my son (and in turn me basically) said a lot.

They loved my son and they knew I was nothing but a positive influence.

It was the best place for him.

They told me "they'd look out for him" because he's a good kid.
Well, not only did my son have a GREAT year - he was the best player in the entire league all season long.

Batted 3rd.
He had more HR's than singles.
And was the team's pitching Ace - he only gave up two hits all season.

He was the team leader and it showed.
In the All Star Game, my son hit a home run in the first inning and then struck out three kids in his one inning pitched.

He started the game and faced the other top players - and came away with the Win.
His team then made the league playoffs.

And in the championship game -

Son hit a Home Run, hit the fence with a line drive, and pitched three innings to save the game and get the run.

MVP of the season, All Star Game, and the Championship Game!
Both Coaches made a point to tell me he was the team leader and the best teammate a kid could be - even while being the best player in the league.

Humble, helpful, strong, and talented.
And now, he's made the League-wide Summer All Star team.

They have a very good shot to make it to the Little League World Series Regional Tournament.

In 10U and 11U they never lost a game for the City Championship - and if they do that again, Its LL WORLD SERIES TIME!
And if that wasn't enough...my son was offered an incredibly fun and once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I'll share after it's finished -

He was nominated by the President and Commissioner and the Board accepted!

We've now come full circle.

They banned me, but honored him.
Was it hard watching from the sidelines?
Was it hard to see the sadness in his eyes when I wasn't the coach?
Was it hard to keep our heads high despite on the drama?

Yes.

But it's also made his victories that much sweeter.

He had to face more challenges than most, and won.
I'll never forget how anonymous people sent my Board print outs from jackmurphylive and the SPLC to get me banned.

I'll never forget how they stole these moments from my son and I.

But more than anything, I'll never forget how proud I am of him for standing strong and winning.
Youth sports are meant to push kids and challenge them. It's meant to teach teamwork and individual achievement.

I didn't know my son's time in LL would also provide such a raw life lesson as well.

But now he knows + now he knows how to win.

BE BETTER
BE STRONGER
BE THE WINNER
Here's the original tweet thread from the moment it happened last year.

Here's the story from when I appealed to coach again this season.

My poor son hadn't really accepted that I was out for good.

His hopes were higher than mine.

BE BETTER
BE STRONGER
BE THE WINNER

That's how you stand up to a mob and that's how you stand up in the culture wars.

And now my son knows the drill at an early age.

This is the message I'm trying to spread.

Thank you for all your support, esp. over the last 15 months!
There’s a lesson in here for divorce too. One which I am not always great at.

One of the best ways to win any personal conflict like this is to be

MAGNANIMOUS

Life is a “practice” so I’m still working on this one but the lesson is the same:

Be better.
Be stronger.

#Win
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