High Schooler Penalized 15 Yards for Praying in the End Zone
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The list of things you are allowed to do after scoring a touchdown has gotten very short, particularly in high school. Elaborate celebrations have never been allowed at the high school or college level as they are (or were) in the NFL. However, basic celebrations with your teammates or quickly taking a knee are fine, right?

Apparently not in Florida. Fort Myers High School’s Sam Turner scored his first career touchdown and took a quick knee and extended his arms out in prayer. It took five seconds, and seemed harmless, but it drew a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

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I don’t even want to get into a discussion about any religious aspect of this, but it seems patently absurd that this “celebration” would warrant a penalty flag. He takes a quick knee, extends his hands out, and then stands up to be congratulated by his teammates. Somewhere in there, the ref decided that was egregious enough to get a 15-yard penalty. Turner looks as baffled as anyone to be flagged for that, and I can’t blame him.

Seems pretty harmless to me.

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This post was originally published on November 3, 2014.

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