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Entire baseball team walks off field after umpire orders Hasidic player to remove religious garment

By Mason White 2:56 PM June 2, 2014
Yossi Lipskier 

By: Anika Rao
A baseball player walked of the field after being ordered to remove a religious garment.

In protest, his entire team walked off the field as well.

The incident unfolded in Fountain Hills, Arizona. 9-year-old Yossi Lipskier, is an avid fan of baseball, and a valued member of the local little league team.

On the day of the incident, Lipskier was actively involved and very excited about the game. When he came to bat, the umpire noticed that Lipskier was wearing tzitzit, a religious garment, under his uniform.

The umpire insisted that Lipskier remove his tzitzit as it could give him an unfair advantage. Lipskier respectfully explained to the umpire that he is wearing a religious garment and he never had a problem with this before, but the umpire still insisted that he remove it.

Lipskier decided to quit the game and walked off the field.

To the shock of everyone, Lipskier’s teammates walked off the field as well and forfeited the game. However, after a tense period, everyone was called back and the game resumed as Lipskier was allowed to wear his religious garment.