Football Player Ejected For Praising The Lord

by
Amna Shoaib
Praise the Lord. Or maybe don’t, if you are on a football field, that is.

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.

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.

“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.

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