Many schools have rules against excessive celebration after winning. It’s designed to keep players from being obnoxious and to deter poor sportsmanship. However, a recent excessive rule “violation” in the eyes of the Columbus High officials seems stupid and lacking common sense.
According to KHOU 11 News of Houston, the Columbus High boys 4 x 100-meter relay team was disqualified, after Derrick Hayes, the team’s anchor, pointed upward as he crossed the finish line first by about seven yards. It’s a common gesture athletes make after winning and/or scoring to acknowledge God for the achievement. Apparently this is considered “excessive”.
The University Interscholastic League ruling that this is excessive is ridiculous, and banning the boys from competition, in this case, competing at the state level, is downright disgusting. In my opinion, it is a violation of religious freedom, and common sense. Local residents have appealed on the boys behalf.
“I don’t see what the big deal is,” Columbus resident Laporchia Miller told KHOU. “When people are thanking God, he’s the reason we live.”
Unfortunately their appeals fell on deaf ears.
With all that young men could get involved in to celebrate a well-earned achievement, a moment to honor the God who made it possible is not excessive. It’s the most appropriate thing to do.
In this case, the boys won. The school and the officials lost.
I don’t know WHY athletes can’t stay out of the clubs!
The latest club “drama” victim is Minnesota Vikings running back (and Jersey Girl Sports hottie) Adrian Peterson. Peterson was arrested and charged with resisting arrest after it took three officers to subdue him.
It seems Peterson and his entourage were at a Houston nightclub and at and/or near closing time they were advised to leave. In other words, “You ain’t go to go home, but—-“ –(you know the rest). Sorry, I digressed. Anyways, Peterson and his entourage were asked to leave a second time, after which Peterson allegedly told the officer that he heard him the first time and pushed him in the shoulder, causing him to stumble.
So, that didn’t go over too well. He was advised he was under arrest and to put his hands behind his back, and then he allegedly started screaming, yelling and pulling away; that’s what officers considered an “aggressive stance”. He was arrested and released on $1,000 bond. The charge is a misdemeanor.
I would suggest that Mr. Peterson stay out and away from “da club” and start entertaining friends in spaces that don’t put him in situations that could damage his career.
Besides, the NFL season starts in eight weeks, and the Vikings need a healthy Adrian Peterson.
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