A teenage high school football player was ejected from a game not for assaulting an opponent, not for breaking any of the millions of rules that football has, but for praising God.
"He who kneels before God, can stand before anyone." Wouldn't change a thing from last night. Glory to God. pic.twitter.com/WS9AiEjzLq— One5 (@peanuttron) October 31, 2015
15-year-old Pedro Banda apparently crossed some major, obscure line with football when, after a touchdown, he raised his hands to the sky to thank God. Next thing he knew, he had been taken off the field for "excessive celebration," and found his sports career in jeopardy.
My intentions were 2 praise God last night I didnt think it would result in a ejection for praising my lord & savior pic.twitter.com/IA4rDqSpDF— One5 (@peanuttron) October 31, 2015
“I was running to my brother who was also on the field, and I put my hand to my face mask and pointed up to the sky," said Banda.
The family plans to appeal the decision with the coach’s support.