High School Running Back Penalized For Gesture...

Submitted by: fancylad 6 years ago in Sports

OK, I-A-B: What did this football player do? Give the other team the middle finger? Grab his sack? What"s your guess?
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Male 49
I`ve always wanted to get involved in Football, but there`s no opportunities around where I live :/ Oh the humanity
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Male 20
"If it had been any other religion, nobody would be on that kids side."

If it was any other religion, people would want to be tolerant of that persons beliefs. When it`s Christianity, It`s perfectly ok to be intolerable, culturally.

Think about it. You see depictions of third world religions on the History channel all the rime depicting them as if they were real. I don`t see people standing on a pedestal raping Budists for their beliefs. (metaphorically of course.) Yet the rest of pop. culture likes to poke fun at Christians.
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Male 208
F*uck Jesus
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Female 68
I thought it was gonna be the "shocker"
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Female 1,236
Folks are offended by that but not the scantily clad girls shaking their asses on the sidelines or the violence on the playing field? People are f*cking idiots.
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Male 2,591
jesus freak thinks jesus gave him magical touchdown powers.
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Male 1,013
A celebration praising the son of the fictional self-purported most murderous being in the universe IS... quite offensive.
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Male 633
calling it "excessive" would imply that there`s a certain amount that`s allowed right?
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Male 129
1st WTF? How can you ban celebration?
2nd, his justification is crap, "to keep the game running", football may be fun, but it has more stops and starts then any other sport. If they want to keep the pace up play rugby, or tweek the rules a bit.
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Female 8
i live near there and definitely wasn`t expecting to see anything about tumwater. that`s sad for them.
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Male 26
Religion aside, banning celebrations for scoring is possibly the worst thing to happen to anything, ever.
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Male 1,386
wait. celebrations are against the rules?

sports are srs bzness
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Male 3,076
@Cartunze couldn`t say it better nice!
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Male 111
tumwater would do that.
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Male 25
I think the ref. was a muslim.
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Male 1,744
just for fun, i`d love to see a muslim make a touchdown, lay down a mat, and start praying to mecca: "Penalty, delay of game"
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Male 236
@November, because Christians and Jews point to God in different ways right?..
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Male 840

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Female 53
I got really excited when i realized that was the news from where I live
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Male 319
If it had been any other religion, nobody would be on that kids side.
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Male 310
I`m not surprised by this at all. I don`t know where he`s from, but if you do anything besides maybe bump into your buddies or run around a bit you`re gonna get called for unsportsmanlike conduct, at least where I live.
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Male 40
Not too many successful white running backs ya know.
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Male 3,915
hell if i made a touchdown i would go soccer on everyone ass and rip all my clothes off and run off the field, to my car, blare the horn, do some donuts on the field, go to jail, scream at the guy`s face in jail that i got a touchdown, get raped, cry-scream that i got a touchdown until i cried myself to sleep, wake up, go to court, try to explain that i DID get a touchdown and that the judge would have done the same thing and he can go f*ck himself otherwise, go to jail again, be in debt for the rest of my life, kill my family....

...touchdown
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Male 1,378
God is `everywhere` Not `in the sky` anymore
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Male 400
I wonder if he would have made some kind of gesture that referred to a religion other than Christianity if the outcome would have been the same.....
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Male 39,904
Nidonemo hahahahaha

great pic
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Male 535
that kid`s an idiot. The ref probably called it for idiocy
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Male 809
I love it. Keep religion out of school and sports in any way possible.
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Male 240
Psst, God doesn`t give a rat`s ass about your touchdown, pal.
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Male 51
I`m with inaria, don`t care.
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Female 1,515
Hm, I just realized after reading a lot of these comments, most of which are very emphatic about how wrong the ref was, that I don`t care.

Meh.
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Male 770
I dont like the excessive celebration rule. If you have a reason to celebrate then do so. You are supposed to feel like celebrating when you win.
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Male 40
That`s my high school, cool to see local news make it up here.

@meep: That campus is actually pretty cool, we had several openly gay kids 1990-1995 that got the occasional cold shoulder, but that`s about it.

I never saw any racism there either. There was a church group and an LGBT group that both had (different) teacher sponsors on campus almost 20 years ago.

I think this is crap. He didn`t delay the game, and he wasn`t grandstanding. The ref delayed the play longer than he did.
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Male 7,378
[quote]I dunno about you, but I like my sportspeople to be passionate about winning, and to be pleased when they do.[/quote]
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Passion is one thing, showboating is another. American football is littered with players who celebrate for doing their job (like making a tackle or catching a pass). At least this guy scored before celebrating. I don`t have problem with this rule. I think that millionaire athletes should tone it down a bit.
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Male 9,305

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Male 363
Zombunny, I fail to see how you know that.
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Female 2,525
Rules are rules. I don`t see the big deal. Also, for the record, I doubt Jesus gives a crap about your high school football game.
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Male 6,693
I bet things are tight arround the faculity at that school.
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Male 312
The ultimate answer is that it doesn`t matter and we should get drunk and set fire to things.
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Male 1,452
"People care about high school football...?"
the kid working hard to be the best and get a scholarship to a college he previously couldn`t afford to go to does.
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Female 876
People care about high school football...?
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Male 4,290
[quote]The name of the game is "Football" not "Showboating" or "Celebration Time".

If you do something on the field that has absolutely nothing to do with playing the game then I have no problem with the ref making a call.[/quote]
I dunno about you, but I like my sportspeople to be passionate about winning, and to be pleased when they do. If you want to watch emotionless automatons joylessly playing to churn out the result, you might as well toss a coin to see who wins.

Passion is what makes sport exciting. If you`re not emotionally invested in whether the team wins or loses, it`s pointless.
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Male 87
OH NO NOT A PENALTY FLAG!!!!11 MY LIFE IS OVEEEEEEEERRRRRR!!!!
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Male 633
And this is how Jesus screws you.
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Male 338
The foul was not about the gesture.
Can`t you people stick around for 3 minutes before getting all puffed up to rage about something?
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Male 2,528
The name of the game is "Football" not "Showboating" or "Celebration Time".

If you do something on the field that has absolutely nothing to do with playing the game then I have no problem with the ref making a call.
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Male 194
If sportspeople really believe that when things go their way they should thank Jesus, what about when things go bad? Instead of training and staying fit, should they spend time in the church?

Right, religion doesn`t make sense.
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Male 4,680
@HunterKiller- I can`t put into words how much I agree with your posts.
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Male 237
If he wants to praise Jesus after scoring a touchdown I think the most appropriate thing to do would be once he crosses the goal line, find the nearest official, hand him the ball and as he is jogging off the field give his little finger point to the sky.

In that scenario there would be (according to the video) no penalty because he would be giving the ball up immediately AND getting off the field all while doing his gesture.

If he wants to kneel and say a prayer, I say save it for the bench.
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Male 374
for all those people who didn`t watch the whole video... he didn`t get penalised for the gesture, but for keeping hold of the ball for too long afterwords and timewasting
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Male 4,290
Pfft. This is ridiculous. He didn`t do anything wrong.
Anyway, how could you possibly attract more attention to yourself when you just got a touchdown? Everyone was already focused on him anyway.
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Male 247
wut a dick
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Male 255
It`s a futile gesture anyway, God`s busy watching the Ashes.
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Male 2,424
@handys003

Watching costs extra
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Male 2,402
@RoboPatton

And you know what? I would watch with kindred interest if you preformed such in the endzone. Because it`s your right and I would be right there to tell the ref to freak off with you.
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Male 2,441
This would never have happened if the other team could tackle
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Male 363
I wouldn`t give a f**k.
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Male 5
I could cite a million reasons why ive been repressed, but i wont. You think atheism has never come under legal attack, guess again. I`m not trying to be the victim. How would you feel if the money in your wallet said I believe in reason instead of in god we trust.
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Female 2,927
school board retards
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Male 363
You never speak out? You just did, on the internet. Quit your f**king victim story. Everyone has their good and bad days, however, if you are going to complain about how you are OH SO REPRESSED BY SOCIETY then don`t f**king try to put down others for their beliefs. I`m not so religious myself but I know I hypocrite when I see one.
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Male 2,402
Hmm...somebody erased a continued comment to littlepete50. It was essential to his assertion on understanding Polynesia. Nice job mods
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Male 5
drat us hunterkiller, okay. As soon as you said drat our double standards i was pissed. drat their double standards. I am vilified for even being an atheist, by all religious people i encounter. I never speak out, and am constantly spoke out against. Freedom of religion in America is staunchly defended. Freedom to not adhere to any religion appears to be the worst thing you can do.
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Male 1,834
lolz
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Male 5
Yeah, cuz whatever god all you religious nuts believe in follows football I guess. Man I love being an atheist. Reason`s greetings!
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Male 363
You a**holes, how quickly these random people owe you a f**king thing. If he is religious, let him be religious. If he is atheist, then let him be atheists. Even when something outlandish as getting the flag for pointing to the sky you super-atheists have to rage about the guy pointing to the sky in the first place. F**k you. You want your beliefs or lack thereof to be left alone, then do the same. F**k your double-standards.
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Male 2,424
I`m a Satanist who eats baby cats while praying to Aqua Buddha, while lighting my junk on fire and tea bagging old people, and I think the actions of this ref are an OUTRAGE!
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Male 40,748
IF the ref was right there and asked for the ball, and the kid said F-U I`m gonna pray first! Then yes a flag.
HOWEVER the ref wasn`t even there to GET the ball, he gave the kid like 3 seconds and BAMMO! out came the flag!
Did all the refs call the game like that, all game long? Must have been 50 penalties on each team then.
Bogus ref, needs to give his head a shake, from the stands!
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Male 904
That`s about as unsportsmanlike as pumping your fist in celebration. I`m a devout atheist and think god should be disappeared from our collective consciousness but still, that was a stunningly retarded call.
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Male 70
Athletes just make me laugh with their "praising god" when something goes their way. That`s right, god really gives a F--- how your football game goes. Give it a rest already.
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Male 734
That gesture was about as religiously charged as eating a bowl of ramen.
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Male 2,402
@littlepete50

Continued....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pCZ5RkhJkY
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Male 2,402
@littlepete50
Sorry bruddah been here for 30 years. Yes the haka is Maori dance but rooted in Polynesian religious rituals based on the Marquesas Polynesians of bringing the war God Ku, and no you are right, not all equal full religious but everyday life. I don`t speak Maori, but Hawaiian. If your Polynesian then you should know that all Polynesians share a common bond in dance. The Hawaiians do Hula as their style. However due to the influx of many Polynesian cultures here locally they participate in many dance forms now. Typically seen by the dance competitions by clubs here. Many of the teams preform the hakas in large part due toward as the Maori style is more intimidating than the hula and for that matter all the other island forms. This has been going for 30 plus years now.
Here is a link to such from the Univ Hawaii (American) Football program:

Female 243
what the hell does religion have to do with any of this? ok, he pointed to the sky and said it was toward god and whatnot...but i SERIOUSLY doubt that the ref called it as un-sportsman-like conduct becuase it was a religious gesture.

anyway, i dont think the kid did anything wrong.
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Male 4,793
Oh come on, that ref is just a dbag. let the kid keep his Tdown routine going. wtf is wrong with the world these days -.-`
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Male 65
LOL, God was on the kid`s side, they won 63 - 27!!!!!!
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Male 25,416
sif this should be bad! its a war cry thats it!
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Male 3,646
Cobrakiller, it`s also in an institution where they discourage competition. You know, so no one`s feelings get hurt.
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Male 159
Rules against celebrations go way too far these days. I don`t even care about the religious angle to this, just the fact that a kid isn`t allowed to "draw attention to himself" after he [I]scores a freaking touchdown[/I] is ridiculous.

I`ve seen games where a team was euphoric after scoring late to go ahead, only to immediately panic and put their heads down because they were afraid of a celebration penalty. That just kills all the fun of playing in the first place- why play if you aren`t allowed to [I]enjoy[/I] it?
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Male 1,357
handys003... it can`t be that traditional because the Haka is a Maori custom, done before they went to battle with another tribe, or for celebrations, or at funerals.
The polynesians are islanders (Fijians, Samoans etc. etc.) and do not have a "haka", but have their own tribal dance, many of which are mistaken for a haka. And there are hundreds of hakas, not just the `Kapa O Pango` performed by the All Blacks before every match. Most schools have their own, and rugby clubs have their own. The school I work at has a school haka and the 1XV haka.
And they`re NOT all war dances, although the first line of the Kapa O Pango is translated as "This is Death, this is death, this is life this is life" (Ka Mate Ka Mate, Ka Ora Ka Ora).
Sorry to throw the book but...
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Male 135
i love celebrations anyways, this one is the best
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Male 3,646
Cartunze, if he hadn`t said that it was towards Jesus, then you wouldn`t have even known.

On subject, this reminds me of the Steeler Oakland game a couple of weeks back. After that Raider punched Rothlisberger in the mouth the referees were flagging for any little offense.
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Male 2,034
I could have sworn there was some rule about not going to the ground (ex: taking a knee) after a touchdown. Can`t remember where the hell I heard that though.
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Male 7,830
if its illegal to celebrate in that league than he deserved the penalty.
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Male 2,402
@Cartunze

Yeah so what there is a prayer before every event. I was atheist also. I asked not to participate in the prayer. I didn`t give a rat`s ass to what Deity they prayed toward. In fact when I came to Hawaii. The Polynesians practiced the "haka" a war chant from the God Ku religion. It was cool to watch. It worked some psyche warfare on some opponents. Get over it and you should have had more balls to stand up to not want to participate if you felt uncommfortable during team prayer.
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Male 72
Really? What a joke. That referee is ridiculous...
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Male 541
That is pathetic.
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Male 511
As much as I hate Jesus freaks, it`s not that big of a deal. I`m not sure if the ref should have called it.
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Male 336
i`ve seen touchdown dances with far more obscene gestures that didn`t get flagged.
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Male 240
Fire ref, no excuse for that BS
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Male 840
First, I live in Tacoma and support the referee`s call. Second, it would be nice if religion was completely banned from publicly funded sports. I played sports in high school and before every game there is a team prayer in the locker room. This goes on all through sport at every level.
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Female 80
thats dratin bullpoo
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Male 17,511
When even Gerry thinks it`s a bad call, That says a lot.
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Male 2,056
that`s just funny
jesus christ tho (punny) calm down ref!
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Male 96
maybe god hates football players
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Male 2,402
@Gerry1of1

Giving that old Roman salute to ward off the evil eye huh?
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Male 2,402
Blowtard Ref. The frecking rules are so ridiculous now. Let the kids enjoy some celebration for an accomplishment. That`s what playing sports is all about on the amateur level. if someone gets offended tough poo. Out of a couple of thousand someone is always going to be offended. Schools need to quit being fickle.
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Male 39,904
I`m a big old homo athiest who longs for the downfall of the christian faith, but even I think it`s a stupid call.

I have a gesture for the ref....

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Female 152
TxTn = <3
I got to 1:00 before I just laughed and quit.
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Male 197
why do people always give credit to jesus for the abilities they acquire through practice and hard work. Pray all you want but take those last two out of the equasion and you won`t get far.
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Male 469
I think it`s a little ridiculous. I see way worse stuff that doesn`t get penalized.
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Female 74
I don`t understand why slight celebration isn`t okay. If you scored, celebrate appropriately and then continue.
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Male 123
He celebrated his God, which according to the report, isn`t against the rules. It`s drawing attention to yourself that is illegal. Here`s the rub though, when a player scores a td he already has ALL the attention on himself. So that specific, verbatim rule is ridiculous.
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Male 185
Meh. I don`t think I agree with the ref`s call, but I think too many are reading WAY too much into this.
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Male 101
HOLY pooBALLS THIS ISN`T AN ATHEIST=THEIST DEBATE THIS IS NOT PENALTY WORTHY ITS A pooTY CALL HAVE YOU EVER EVEN WATCHED FOOTBALL?
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Male 1,587
way to support your son, dad. And everyone who has a problem with what he did needs to grow up- seriously, evan, ostracize? really? I don`t know if what he did deserves a penalty, but y`all need to calm the f*ck down. and mecha, no you can`t. you`d get a flag, apparently. also, I think that`s a non-sequitor, cause he was "thanking Jesus" and you are playing out evolution... besides, I think you should start out at least with all the cool geology and micro-organisms that came before.
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Female 354
"So I guess next time, if an atheist scores a touchdown, nobody would have a problem with him doing some kind of interpretive dance involving Man`s evolution from an apelike ancestor?"

That would be incredibly entertaining.

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This is BS.
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Male 172
He was celebrating. He got penalized. Wherein lies the problem?
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Male 12,365
So...outside of pro American football, celebrating a touchdown isn`t really allowed and other players have been penalised for doing it without it making the news.

But religion is special, so it makes the news.

Why is religion special?
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Male 907
The evangelical atheists are determined to eliminate all religion from the public square.
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Male 559
If he is so moved as to austrocize other players to thank his god, can`t he just do it in his head? Wouldn`t his god know? I call shananigans, and label him a sanctimonious diva. (And the need to push the issue further "to my heavenly father...uh...Jesus" only proves the point even more.) Good on the referee.
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Male 315
So I guess next time, if an atheist scores a touchdown, nobody would have a problem with him doing some kind of interpretive dance involving Man`s evolution from an apelike ancestor?
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Male 6,077
He gave thanks to God. I`m not a believer but he clearly is and, given that, it was appropriate. Also appropriately, he made no attempt to make a spectacle of it and he took no time away from the game. The ref did, though.
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Male 15,832
Hey, Ref, what part of "or prohibiting the free exercise thereof" don`t you understand.
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Male 25
Even if they were "calling the game tight", this was poor call IMO. He did not disrespect himself, his team or his opponents nor did he hold on to the ball for an excessive amt of time. Maybe the ref was a non-believer and was offended as so many are now-a-days.
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Male 3,745
ref is just mad cuz he aint gettin none...
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Male 15,510
OMG America WTF?
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Male 497
if the officials do the same thing for any other celebration or anyone else for not giving up the ball, i see no problem with it.
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Male 600
Not as bad as the football fistfight in the other post
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Male 315
Good.
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Female 178
Oh that`s messed up! to far much?
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Male 1,625
I had a touchdown retracted when I was in HS too. Unsportsmanlike conduct. The fact that its spiritual doesnt change anything. Football teams pray before games, so don`t give me the "supressing god" BS.
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Male 1,598
wow.
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Female 40
Wow.. Really? I`m not really religious or anything, but that seems kinda stupid. He shouldn`t have been penalized for THAT. If that`s considered showboating, then we have way too many anal retentive or butt hurt folks.
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Male 101
This really rustles my jimmies
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Male 20,908
Link: High School Running Back Penalized For Gesture... [Rate Link] - OK, I-A-B: What did this football player do? Give the other team the middle finger? Grab his sack? What`s your guess?
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