MULBERRY, Fla. - Mulberry's Lady Panthers work hard for what they have on the field and off.
Delany Asbury and her teammates even sold hair bows just to stay in the game.
The 12-year-old dynamos raised over $2,000, about $250 each for new game uniforms.
Bank statements show the team paid Sports 55 in full last December. Team mom Teresa Asbury said she was told they'd have the uniforms in 90 days. Most of their order never arrived.
South of St. Petersburg, two boys' baseball teams tell a similar tale. They said they paid Sports 55 more than $4,500 last January to outfit the Parrish Piranhas and the West Florida Young Guns.
Coach Scott Sullivan said both were shorted 1 to 2 pairs of pants per player and the jerseys for one team were the wrong size.
The Attorney General's Office in Maryland where Sports 55 is located reports a total of 48 complaints involving the company in the past three years.
Thirty-one complaints involve products that were paid for, but never received.
The Better Business Bureau in Maryland gives the company an "F" rating.
I called and emailed Sports 55 multiple times over the last week, but a salesperson who answered only said they would look into it. The company did issue a statement to a Scripps station which said the complaints are a small percentage of their customers.
“...But the facts are that we have 10's of thousands of happy customers. On occasion, an order can fall outside the estimated delivery window and when it does we work as hard as we can to try and satisfy our customers."
The Panthers and Piranhas said Sports 55 came recommended by other teams, but a quick check at the Better Business Bureau would have shown a spike in complaints beginning last year.
The contracts we saw contain no promises on delivery dates.
Anytime you order anything ask for the specifics in black and white.
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