Football Player Gets Flagged For Praising God

12.02.10 | Sarah Harnisch

  A high school football player in Washington state was flagged for pointing to the sky after a 23 yard touchdown, giving God the glory for the play. Here he is, in video footage. Runningback Ronnie Hastey makes the touchdown, then the ref throws a flag at his face as he's praising God. He was told he couldn't draw attention to himself. But Hastey says he wasn't calling attention to himself-- but to his heavenly Father. The whole incident happened at a Tumwater Washington High school. Hastey was flagged for "excessive celebration" for a display that was less then 2 seconds long. He says it doesn't change what he stands for.