PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The coach of a Pawtucket youth football team recently disqualified from playoffs due to allegations of recording another team says his team did nothing wrong.
Monty Valles, the coach of the Pawtucket Oakwood Raiders, said the president of Rhode Island Preteen Football and Cheerleading informed him that his team was suspended and would not have the opportunity to compete for the championship.
Valles said it stems from a game between North Providence and Chariho which he and some of his players attended in the stands. A few days later, he said he was informed about a complaint from North Providence parents that Raider players were acting up and recording the game – which is against the league’s bylaws.
Valles denies any wrongdoing and maintains his team was suspended without any proof.
“No evidence, no proof, no truth. Just hearsay from some random parents of a team that we were scheduled to play this upcoming Sunday. Clearly, this is a calculated effort to keep our kids out of the running for a state title,” Valles said in a Facebook post.
Eyewitness News reached out to RIPTF and received the following statement:
“On behalf of the RI Preteen Football and Cheerleading organization, we understand the frustration and concerns being made by the families and coaches of the Oakwood Varsity Team. We were presented with a difficult decision to make on a violation of our bylaws that govern our organization. The bylaw which was violated is stated below:
Article VII Section 15: There will be no photography or filming of any team in which an organization is not participating. Those teams in violation of the rule will not participate in the playoffs.
The above-mentioned decision to uphold the bylaw was reached based on a meeting with both organizations and the statements provided during that meeting. The infraction was witnessed by many adults, which involved coaches and players from Oakwood. Please know that at no time was this a personal attack on the organization, its leadership, coaches or players of the Oakwood organization. The Oakwood Organization is doing great things with the youth of Pawtucket and surrounding communities, and are still looked at in high regard within the RI preteen organization”