Pleasant Grove youth football team says jersey vendor stole their money

A youth football team in South Dallas was left high and dry by a jersey vendor who didn't follow through with new threads.

DALLAS -- Coaches from a youth football team in Pleasant Grove are dealing with a lot of disappointment.

They say money for the children’s families was already tight. Now, the team has been left high and dry by a vendor they trusted to make their new jerseys.

“It’s frustrating,” said Coach Randy Ransom. “It’s frustrating."

The Salvation Army Pleasant Grove Almighty Trojans are in the middle of a uniform scandal.

“I really wanted those kids to have those uniforms,” Ransom said.

The Almighty Trojans say the team paid $5,400 on new football uniforms for the 89 children on the team back in July. Those uniforms were expected to arrive four weeks ago.

Now, they say the clothing and the vendor are nowhere to be found.

”I just want answers,” said the team’s Vice President Ahmad Miller. “It’s frustrating!”

Coaches say the team purchased the new football uniforms through a Georgia-based vendor named Kai Bolden. They say the they trusted the vendor after receiving several referrals.

"Everything looked legit. To the Instagram, to the Twitter, to the website," Ransom said. "Now the website is down.”

Bolden’s phone is disconnected. After a recent series of excuses and ignored messages, the Almighty Trojans discovered they weren’t the only team getting the run-around from the vendor.

Reports by WFAA-TV’s sister stations in Atlanta and Houston showed there are similar ongoing investigations in those areas.

”I was like, 'Wow!'" Ransom said. "Man, I couldn’t believe this.”

Police in East Point, Georgia, are currently investigating several claims against Kai Bolden. Detectives say they have been in contact with Bolden and he claims he is working on a plan to pay back all of the organizations whose money he’s taken.

The Almighty Trojans have a 40-year history in Pleasant Grove. The organizers say they try to make sports available and accessible to as many children from low-income areas as possible.

For now, Ransom says the cash-strapped team is getting along by wearing old practice uniforms to games.

The Almighty Trojans have a strong message for the vendor.

"Dude, stop messing over kids," Ransom said. "These are kids! You’re wrong for that.”

Organizers from the non-profit that sponsors the Almighty Trojans are accepting donations through this link.

Copyright 2016 WFAA


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