Video: Football player penalized for thanking God

posted at 12:15 pm on December 2, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

We’re getting some e-mail about this story, which means that there’s a conversation to be had about it — but what exactly is that conversation?  Referees are inconsistent in calling penalties?  People have grown tired of end-zone celebrations?  Location, location, location?  CNN covers the firestorm, or at least candleflame, that erupted after a yellow hankie got thrown at the end of a touchdown run in Washington:

And they call the NFL the No Fun League!  If that’s an excessive celebration, how did Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco ever get out of high school?  As Kiran Chetry points out, the entire demonstration lasted perhaps two seconds and didn’t involve the usual gyrations and pantomime seen at the college or professional level. In fact, that point to the sky gesture has become so routine that in any other game it would hardly be noticed.

Rules are rules, though, and the point in tying the rule to the ball seems intended to limit the more ludicrous celebrations seen in other venues.  The player takes the lesson that one can thank the Lord from the sidelines (or at least without the ball) with good grace.  The penalty doesn’t appear to be a punishment for religious speech, and neither the league nor the school has given any indication that they’re hostile to sharing the glory with God on a football field.  The real message is that location matters.  Still, I’d rather see this any day than the whooping and stomping that follows routine tackles and gains in the NFL.


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silvernana on December 2, 2010 at 6:30 PM

I see it as thanking him for blessing the player with the ability………..

“Talent on loan from GOD”

(as some famous radio dude has oft been heard espousing).

RealMc on December 2, 2010 at 6:55 PM

And they call the NFL the No Fun League!

And here I thought it was the National Felon’s League.

abcurtis on December 2, 2010 at 7:39 PM

Do they have the same ‘anti-celebration’ rules in soccer?

jerseyman on December 2, 2010 at 5:37 PM

For the one goal they score?

CWforFreedom on December 2, 2010 at 8:09 PM

I wonder if a flag would have been thrown if he turned to the east…

… got on his kness, then started to pray?

Seven Percent Solution on December 3, 2010 at 1:00 AM

Speaking as an atheist I have to say that the league is NUCKING FUTS! There was nothing excessive about what the player did and it doesn’t detract from the game in any way at all. Leave the man alone.

MJBrutus on December 3, 2010 at 8:05 AM

The rule was stupid to begin with. Pushed by the same crowd that wants to eliminate the honor roll so nobody’s feelings are hurt.

pgrossjr on December 3, 2010 at 8:50 AM

Jesus is your heavenly half-brother, doofus. Leave it to a Christian to not understand Christianity.

hicsuget on December 2, 2010 at 1:21 PM
Obviously you don’t understand Christianity, but that’s not anyone’s fault but your own. God the Father, and God the Son (i.e., Jesus) are one in the same. Yes, it’s confusing, so is Jesus being fully God and fully man.

Esthier on December 2, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Read Isaiah 9:6.

jackmac on December 3, 2010 at 9:59 AM

Why is there a rule against celebrating a touchdown anyway?

Oh, that’s right. Shouldn’t get too excited about doing well and exceeding. Might make the other team feel bad.

MadisonConservative on December 2, 2010 at 12:30 PM

Interesting take on this, Madcon. And unfortunately probably correct.

Jesus is your heavenly half-brother, doofus. Leave it to a Christian to not understand Christianity.
hicsuget on December 2, 2010 at 1:21 PM

Are you Mormon, hicsuget? That might explain your mistake. Don’t Mormons believe that we can ALL be gods, and that Jesus and Satan are brothers? Right there that whole philosophy kind of takes away from what the 1st commandment says, doesn’t it: “I am the Lord your God. You shall have NO OTHER GODS before me.”

Sterling Holobyte on December 3, 2010 at 1:00 PM

Uh. Evidently Got is not mit uns.

MSimon on December 5, 2010 at 9:48 AM

You shall have NO OTHER GODS before me

How about after?

MSimon on December 5, 2010 at 9:49 AM

You shall have NO OTHER GODS before me

How about after?

MSimon on December 5, 2010 at 9:49 AM

One Lord, one faith.

dthorny on December 5, 2010 at 12:13 PM

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