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Cleveland teen kicked out of rec soccer league for myriad of absurd celebrations

Cam Newton, Terrell Owens, Yasiel Puig, and all everyone else step aside, there’s a new top celebrator in sports. His name is  Brian Garruto, and he is a teenage soccer player in Cleveland.

Garruto was banned from his local rec league following a series of wonderful celebrations that apparently pissed off the league enough for them to send him the following email, which Garruto tweeted out before locking his account:

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These infractions range from silly (refusing to wear shin guards) to amusing (sitting on the opposing team’s bench) to hilarious (running into the goal while hiding the ball in his shirt). And Bobby Valentine would be proud of Garruto’s attempt to change clothes and remain in the game after receiving a red card.

It’s hard to blame the league for kicking this kid out because some kids are presumably trying to, like, play soccer, but at the same time this sounds like the most entertaining rec league of all time.

It’s a little bit difficult to verify this email, but Brian Garruto is definitely a real kid, and it’s much more fun to believe this story is true.


Alex Putterman

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