Controversy already surround Lacrosse's version of the World Cup.
First off, the Iroquois Nation, expected to be a power in the tournament, may miss the entire cup. They were expected to fly out from new York to England on Sunday before the games begin on July 15. The issue centers around the Nationals traveling on their Haudenosaunee passports. For more than 20 years, they’ve traveled on these passports with no problem. But the United Kingdom will only allow them into their country if the United States will let them back in. And as of Friday, the Iroquois did not have that assurance from the U.S. They will be in New York Monday, but to meet with the British Constitute about traveling between the US and England.
More controversy, with Gavin Prount being released by both Team Canada and the Toronto Nationals. Team Canada say they released Prount because of taking too many penalties on the Nationals (though he is third on their team) and an altercation that happened earlier this season when Prount complained to Nationals staff members about the team's flight arrangements.
"I think the way this was handled was unprofessional and disrespectful,” said Prout, who is confused as to why the decision made to release him came so far after the incidents in question and just about two weeks prior to leaving for England. “If they told me earlier, I’d be fine with it; I just don’t appreciate it being such a last-minute decision with no previous indication that any such behaviour would jeopardize my standing with Team Canada.”
Stay tuned at the Lacrosse Blog as these stories develop.