Manager of the 2011 World Series little league team from Warner Robins decided not to coach this year after his son broke his arm, but emails obtained by The Patriot in mid February provide a little more detail.
According to the President and CEO of Little League International, Steve Keener; "It was confirmed that Philip Johnson did violate a policy which prohibits possession or consumption of alcohol on the Little League International Complex." It was discovered that Johnson brought alcohol into the complex dorms. "For this offense, Johnson was barred from any association or involvement with the 2012 Little League International Tournament," wrote Kenner.
The Patriot spoke with Johnson who had this to say, "It was a bad choice. When approached by Williamsport, I admitted to making a mistake, and I took my punishment."
Back here in Georgia, The WRALL board of directors weren't made aware of the situation until after both Johnson's resignation from managing this season, and Little League International's suspension was handed down. According to WRALL President Mickey Lay, once they were made aware, the board of directors voted to not let Johnson coach or manage in the little or junior leagues. This punishment was decided after Johnson informed the board he would not be managing due to his son's injury.
Lay went on to say that parents were not made aware of the situation in Williamsport "since it was not at our (Warner Robins) location or that any laws were broken."
He continued saying, "Johnson has been a strong advocate for the league for many years. A good coach, and a good individual.
Johnson said he may return to coaching when his four-year-old gets to the little league ranks, but until then he's not sure, saying, "we'll see."