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Washington player penalized for pointing to heavens after TD

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posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 12:34 AM
This was supposedly during a playoff game. If you've ever been at a high school playoff game, there is an extremely strict set of rules that, if broken, can result in fines and penalties for the teams/schools. Everyone is well aware that these rules exist, and do their best not to even come close to breaking any of them.

Within the context of a playoff game, it makes sense that he was flagged. This is only getting publicity because it's religious in nature.

posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 12:49 AM
reply to post by PieKeeper

It still makes no sense.

Who said it was religious?

Who knows what is up above us or below us or anywhere? No-one.

Here is an idea - when you achieve something you are proud of , do you throw your hands up or down? Try it.

He was just proud of himself and he had a right to be.

posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 04:41 PM

Originally posted by sonjah1
However, in "real" world-wide "football" (soccer in the US), on the international stage, there are much more freedoms for many religious gestures on the pitch/field whether we are talking about Islam, Christianity, Judaism, or even Rastarfarian/Buddist/Taoist/Spiritual...

You are correct there.

Religious celebrations and showings are very common in football ( soccer ).

If you penalised a footballer for blessing himself, then most players from South America would be constantly punished !

posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 05:17 PM
Here in the UK, we have one of the fiercest football ( soccer ) rivalries in the world, between the two major clubs in Glasgow:

Rangers, whose fanbase is largely Protestant, Unionist and tend to have Scottish/English ancestry.

Celtic, whose fanbase is largely Catholic, Republican and tend to have Irish ancestry.

It's far too simplistic to put this rivalry purely down to religion, but it is a strong factor in the hatred between the two clubs.

Celtic had a Polish goalkeeper, Artur Boruc, who is unsurprisingly - considering that he's a Pole - a Catholic.

He crosses himself before every game, but ended up getting a police caution for blessing himself in front of Rangers fans.

Footballer is cautioned for blessing himself

I think that the police viewed his gesture as tantamount to incitement, which just goes to show how intolerant some people are, that the police would caution someone for making a harmless gesture, just because some people are apparently incapable of controlling themselves when they see this gesture.

edit on 4-12-2010 by Sherlock Holmes because: (no reason given)

posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 05:25 PM
While I respect the players right to believe in what ever religion he wishes, I have to side with the officials on this. The rules of the game state clearly that a player is not to do anything to bring attention to ones self. It is a team sport. The player did not get reprimanded because of his beliefs. The reprimand had nothing to do with religion. He broke a rule. He was reprimanded. Its quite simple.

posted on Dec, 4 2010 @ 05:38 PM
So this NLF is penalising people for showing human emotion (i.e. jubilation-excitement). But to what commercial end? Is an “ideal” footballer supposed to have the body language of a Soviet general, or Sports robo-ape?
How does this please the crowds, or make money?
One would have thought that if one footballer raises a hand, so do a million lager’s at home (all doing their bit, to government raise revenue & boost the economy!)

If it’s not a commercial decision then it’s an ideological-psychological position. And (self evidently) whoever is making it, will have other ideas, that don’t reflect very well on themselves.

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