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Football: L.A. Roosevelt receives sanctions for illegal uniforms

Football_240 Los Angeles Roosevelt's football program has been put on one- year probation and forced to forfeit its game against rival Los Angeles Garfield for using illegal uniforms, the City Section rules committee decided earlier this week.

The uniforms were donated by Nike but contained black, which is not Roosevelt's school colors. The City Section has a rule that schools must wear uniforms that have their school colors. Roosevelt's colors are cardinal, blue and gold.

"They had the opportunity to choose colors and for some reason they didn't choose the school colors," said Barbara Fiege, the City Section commissioner.

Garfield won the game on the field on Nov. 30, 13-3.

-- Eric Sondheimer

Photo: Roosevelt's David Montes runs past Garfield defender Jose Fuentes. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times.

 
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Congrats Colts

P.S.S.

Shouldn't people be thankful that Roosevelt HAS football uniforms? After all, this is the Los Angeles Unified School District!

Congrats Colts

P.S.

Carson's fight song;

"Clear the track the POWDER BLUE and BLACK are coming through;

don't fall back, the mighty Colts are winning just for you...

We are marching victory to score,

Come on Colts lets battle for more...

C-A-RSON

We'll be fighting the whole game through!"

Now, if you attend any of Carson's football games, the blue they wear is not POWDER Blue...Ms. Feige, please quit your night job, because it's affecting how your day job!

Congrats Colts

Okay look...Carson High's official colors are "POWDER" (very light) Blue and Black...Back in the day, that's what the Colts' wore - including their helmets, the band, drill team, cheerleaders, flag twirlers etc...perhaps until the early 90's when the "blue" started to look "darker" across the board.

Should the Colts forfeit a decade and a half of their football games?

C'mon now people!....

Mark Z

I'm with Tony ... Uniforms should conform to school colors. If you need to change your school colors to help win games, then you are in BAD shape!

FYI ... both of my parents are Rider Alumni!

TRUTH IS A VIRUS

Hey Rough Rider Pride why dont you man up and say who you are. You can talk the talk but can you walk the walk???

Rough Rider PRIDE

Its not about hating. Rules are rules. As an alumnus of Roosevelt, it was not only offensive, but also idiodic to wear colrs other than cardinal and gold - especially against our arch-rivals. We did not even look like Roosevelt, we looked like San Pedro.
Coach Cid, shame on you for not being a man and taking responsibility to the FACT that YOU chose to have Nike make black uniforms. They supplied uniforms for several schools this year and every school was asked how they were to be made. Garfield didn't wear purple! How can you sit back and throw Nike under the bus after reaching out to our athletes and let them take the blame. I know many close people to you that say you laugh at this fact. You even made your whole staff wear black coaching outfits this year - isnt that odd? Did Nike make a mistake and order black shirts for you and your coaches as well. WE ARE CARDINAL AND GOLD and have been for 100 years. Why do you feel that your ego is bigger than thousands of players and school personal over all these years that you need to change the colors- you are not even that good of a coach, what have you ever accomplished, you are even afraid to step up and play good football programs like Garfield does!!!! Yes, the baseball team has been wearing black ever since Coach Pierson took over and that was totally wrong but he is a Southgate guy and tried to make Roosevelt like them. You are a Roosevelt guy which is pathetic that you have no pride and respect for tradition. Because of your actions, many people are being putdown for doing their jobs and you sit back like an irresponsible child and let it happen. I hope that these attributes are not what your teaching these Boyle Heights kids that need strong leadership and good guidance. I challenge you to do the right thing and step up and take responsibility and stop trying to fight the system just so you can have your way and wear black uniforms. Other people say its no big deal and Im sure most of them are probably students now that obviously have NO school and community pride and respect because Coach, you are not instilling that in them! DO YOUR JOB be a good leader and stop trying to do what makes you feel like a big shot. We all now that you will be told of this post from someone if you yourself dont read it. Lets see what kind of a leader you are and respond to this.

JW in Redlands

Three words: COME ON MAN!!!

GET REAL

Barbara, how about dealing with horriffic officials, illegal transfers that are all overturned on appeals and hardships? My bad, that is out of the jursidiction of your office (AKAThe Uniform Police).......

Posted by: Uniform Police

What the hell uniform police. I hope, your not expecting ken and barbie to actually do hard work, do you? LOL

michelle

Ok first of all as a student at Roosevelt High School I wasnt offended that the football team didnt use the "official colors". Second of all according to a yearbook a few years back, black was considered a school color because of the baseball team. The people who suspended Roosevelt need to do a little more research like the athletics director at school did. This football team does not deserve to be penalized for something that was out of their control. Oh and by the way they werent given a choice of what colors to use for the uniforms. its was nike who chose them

Arbiter718

Wow...lame. It looks cool, so long as the helmet doesn't change, let 'em do something special once a year.

rhs alum

Funny thing, the city picks on the school from a smaller league, but since they r not the powerhouse of Narbonne, then lets make an example of them. Forget about the fact that these kids play and work just as hard as any other team. But then again, this is a priority for the former coach of Garfield. LOL

Oscar Hernandez

That is dumb. Black is one of Roosevelt's colors or at least part of it. True, it is not the main colors like blue, gold, and cardinal but Nike spent a lot of money. They just can not give them back. Other schools have uniforms that are not part of their color as well.

Uniform Police

Barbara, how about dealing with horriffic officials, illegal transfers that are all overturned on appeals and hardships? My bad, that is out of the jursidiction of your office (AKAThe Uniform Police).......

duh

Their baseball uniforms have black in them. Where are those sanctions? Be consistent across all sports.

abraham

FOREAL?U PEOPLE GOT TO STOP HATING ON LITTLE THINGS LIKE THIS!!!!!.....AND ALL THE STUDENTS WERE UPSET THAT WE WERE PENALIZED FOR NOT WEARING OUR COLORS.WHICH IN A WAY IS KIND OF REASONABLE, BUT THE UNIFORMS WERE GIVEN TO US. WE COULDNT JUST TURN DOWN THAT OFFER. SOMETIMES I WONDER IF CITY OFFICALS DO IT JUST TO BUG US..ITS NOT REALLY A BIG DEAL ABOUT THE UNIFORMS IF U ASK ME..ITS JUST A BUNCH OF HATERS WHO CANT SEEM TO STOP LOOKING FOR SOMETHING TO SAY.RULES LIKE THESE ARE PRETTY DUMB.CITY OFFICIALS SHOULD BE HAPPY THAT A COMPANY LIKE NIKE WAS SO GENEROUS THAT THEY GAVE THE WHOLE TEAM JERSEYS.SOOO THEYYY SHOULDDD GETTT OFF THE NEGATIVITY AND ENJOY THE FACT THAT ROOSEVELT GOT THESE UNIFORMS...(I GO TO RHS,10TH GRADER)

Press Box John

Eric - Why does the City and Southern Section differ on this rule? Roosevelt plays in Black uniforms one game and has to forfeit. Alemany wears Black at home all year and yet they do not. Their "listed" colors are Cardinal and Gold.

City Al

This has to be the pettiest thing I've ever come across from the City Section office.

sammy culture

es:

I beg to differ...probation leads to ...oh yeah, well, you're really on probation now...which leads to...oh yeah, well now you're really really on probation, which leads to..if you do that again, I will object...which will lead to.....if you do that one more time I will strenuously object....

Same thing happens in the Southern Section, except Mater Dei files a lawsuit, based on the Dark Ages of the Catholic Church/ selling of indulgences argument that states..."We're really really REALLY Catholic, and we have the the reciepts for the best pughs in the Church to prove it, so you can't keep us from doing anything".

Ya can't flag me here, ES, there is nothing wrong with a little Catholic on Catholic friendly fire....

es

It means that if another violation occurs, they would be severely sanctioned. If nothing happens, they're fine. They're still eligible for playoffs.

wondering

can someone please tell me what exactly does it mean when a team is put on probation? I don't know the city rules .

TRUTH IS A VIRUS

Great job Feige and Aguirre. Of all the problems that the L.A. city section has you two genuises focus on something so petty. I guess you two are thinking you should get raises for this huh???

I hope NIKE isn't discouraged from donating or sponsoring other L.A. city teams in the future.

Christmas is a few weeks away and im still hoping that ken and barbie resign from there post. I know this would be the best christmas present that they could give all the athletes who participate in L.A. city sports.

driveon

With the district needing money, a company with deep pockets digs into them and drops some money into its cashed strapped coffers by buying a school uniforms, and the district can't just say, "Awwww, what the heck. Let's just cut 'em some slack on this one". Seems like at no turn can LAUSD get out of it's own way.

mpg

I'm confused. How do you forfeit a game you lost?

Optimus Prime

Before people start jumping on here and blasting City Section...I want to encourage people to stay focused on the issue not the people making the decision...that being said the cause of anger by readers could be three parts: 1) this seems to be an insignificant infraction 2) one of the City Section people went to one of the schools involved 3) what about other schools who have been breaking this rule?

1) If we don't enforce this we lose an opportunity to teach both rules and school PRIDE. Everyone knows that the black uniforms are meant to be intimidating, let's not shrug our shoulders and say "what's the big deal?". It's about tradition and school pride. The school and the team will be there long after the current players who want to have their own"style" are gone. Football, especially football, is about team, not individuality. Coaches and AD's buying black uniforms should know better.

2) the only reason this is shady is because it happens in baseball and basketball A LOT. It's hard to claim there's no agenda if you haven't busted other schools. Additionally it's shady because getting a hook from Nike is a big deal for these kids and now Nike will be informed that their donations can't be used for more than one night?

3) Finally, you can go on maxpreps.com right now and see that Narbonne has black uniforms while their colors are declared as Green and Vegas Gold. What's the punishment for Narbonne? And why hasn't anyone said anything yet? How hard is it to officially inform CIF that you want to change your colors to Green, Vegas Gold, and Black?

Tony

This is so stupid.


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