Tuesday, October 27, 2015 9:15:00 AM
A high school football player has been penalized for praising God after making a touchdown.
Christian Today reports that 17-year-old Dante Turo ran 73 yards to score a touchdown in a high school football game in New York over the weekend.
After scoring the touchdown, Dante raised one finger to the sky in a gesture of thanks to God for allowing him to make the play.
Immediately after, the referee penalized Dante 15 yards for “taunting” and “excessive celebration.” Dante, his father, and others who watched, were incredulous and did not understand why the referee would penalize Dante’s action so severely for such a simple gesture.
In video replays of the offense, it is clear that Dante raises one finger to the sky only for a couple seconds.
"I talked to the referee and told him I wasn't trying to do anything malicious or arrogant—I was just trying to give praise to God. He [referee] told me, 'don't do it again,’” Dante said.
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