Football League Ends The Season And Accuses Local Democratic Leaders For Neglecting A Crime-Riddled Homeless Camp

A kid’s soccer league in the Seattle area has cancelled its season owing to an expanding homeless encampment rife with criminality, which is being blamed on Democratic leaders and elected officials in the area.

Valour Soccer, an athletic system that strives to “provide quality and affordable soccer programming” to children in King County, has cancelled the balance of its autumn season, citing gunshots and drug overdoses at the homeless encampment as the reason.

Football League Ends The Season And Accuses Local Democratic Leaders For Neglecting A Crime-Riddled Homeless Camp

Dean Aldridge, CEO of Valour Soccer, told the Discovery Institute, a non-partisan organisation based in Seattle, that the decision was made after a person drove across the soccer pitch at North Green River Park and performed doughnuts, causing more than $100,000 in damage.

“We’re a nonprofit – we don’t have enough money to recoup this kind of losses,” Aldridge told the think tank.

“I don’t know how you recover from something like this,” he told reporters from the site of the field, nearly 23 miles from the heart of Seattle. “These are our most economically challenged kids. … What human being does this?”

Aldridge described the losses as a “massive, extraordinary financial loss,” and said he was forced to cancel the rest of the season due to significant concern over the campsite among minor football league members and parents.

In order to determine who was responsible for vandalising the fields, Aldridge and Discovery Institute writer Jonathan Choe visited the local encampment and spoke with those who lived there.

Though they were unable to identify a single suspect, one person inside the encampment stated that she believed it was most likely someone from the increasing group who drove over the field.

“Gangs are moving in,” Aldridge said. “This is what we’ve been dealing with ever since COVID.”

Choe captured a film of the campsite, which shows more shacks being built as well as overdose victims passed out on the ground.

Aldridge, who did not directly blame the homeless for the event, claimed that the rising encampment invites more criminal activity and lawlessness to the neighbourhood.

“Lawless individuals just know that this is a free zone to do whatever you want to do,” he said. “Come down here, shoot your guns, dump your garbage…”

In his remarks on the subject, Aldridge stated that the Democrat-led city is working to prioritise the needs of the homeless over the children who want to participate in the football programme and other extracurricular activities. Dow Constantine, a Democrat who has served as King County Executive since 2009, was directly targeted by Aldridge.

“Leaders lead,” Aldridge said. “I think Dow needs to get off his ass. … I have not heard from Dow, I have not heard from his office.”

“If his kids were down here playing or his grandchildren were down here playing, I’m sure it would be cleaned up,” Aldridge added.

According to Choe, Constantine has been aware of the problem since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic about four years ago and has only permitted waste removal personnel into the campsite.

When Choe contacted Constantine’s office for comment on the incident, a representative named Chase Gallagher stated, “We declined to participate in your project.”

Kristin Elia, a Constantine spokesperson, told Fox News Digital that King County has been “planning for the initial restoration of the encampment site” with multiple partners.

“King County has been allocating funding and resources and has been planning for the initial restoration of the encampment site with partners. This phase of the plan is in process now, and implementation will be completed over the next four weeks, focusing on improving public safety through the removal of unauthorized vehicles and debris along Green River Road and ensuring safety within the public right-of-way,” Elia said. “Additionally, the installation of barriers, fencing, and signage will be completed. After implementation, the King County Sheriff’s Office will patrol and enforce the maintenance of the restoration of the site. King County will continue to work with local partners to explore housing options to support those who remain unhoused in the area.”

Because of King County and adjacent municipalities like Kent and Auburn’s lack of urgency in dealing with the matter, Aldridge said he is considering relocating the youth football league.

“King County won’t enforce the laws, Kent won’t enforce the laws, Auburn won’t enforce the laws,” Aldridge said. “Nobody’s taking ownership.”

“There’s nothing humane about this,” he added.

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