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High School Football Player Penalized After Bending Down To Pray After His First Touchdown…

No praying allowed.

When Fort Myers High school football player Sam Turner reached the end zone Friday night with the first touchdown of his high school career, he took a few seconds to bow down and thank the Lord, but that simple act ended up having a major consequence. Turner, 16, who briefly bent down on one knee, placed his finger in the air and prayed to the Lord, was dealt a 15-yard penalty, with an official dubbing the prayerful act unsportsmanlike conduct, according to the News-Press.
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Mary De Voe said...

"Following debate over the decision, NFL spokesman Michael Signora told NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk that the referee made a bad call.

“Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct following his fourth quarter touchdown. Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (d) states ‘players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground,’” he said. “However, the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play.”"

Unknown said...

No, its because no celebrations are allowed in any high school football league that I know of. Any player, including a Muslim, would be flagged. Only in the pros would that rule apply. They never flagged Tebow, after all.

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