Quantcast

High School Running Back Ejected for Thanking God

Pedro Banda is a senior at Dysart High School in El Mirage, Arizona. He is also a running back on the school's football team, yet, he was ejected from a game on October 30 for praising God after a touchdown.

During that time of elation, Banda put his hand to his face mask and then pointed to the sky--looking up "for about four seconds." That was when a referee threw a flag and ejected the 17-year-old. As a result, Banda is ineligible to play in the team's playoff game on November 7--the first playoff game for the school in 25 years.

Banda told ABC 15, "They thought I was saying I was number one and I was taunting the other team." The problem is Banda wasn't taunting the other team, he was thanking God. He went on to say "Excessive celebration is when you use the ball as a prop or you do something to the other team or put on a show with your teammates. I just thank God for all the power he’s given me to play the game.”

Dysart High School Athletic Director Tyrus Timbrooks told ABC that Banda was ejected because the incident was the second offense of the night. Timbrooks added that Banda was flagged by a referee earlier in the game after an aggressive argument with a player from the opposing team.

Although, after reviewing the tape, Timbrooks said Banda should not have been flagged for the pointing-to-the-sky motion, adding that the praising God motion was something Banda usually did after scoring a touchdown.

The athletic director has since filed an appeal with the Arizona Interscholastic Association. The Arizona Interscholastic Association said it was reviewing the incident.

Photo: Youtube

Tell Us What You Think

More News Stories

A mom from North Carolina is serving a one week sentence in the county jail, simply because she chose to have her daughter baptized.

Kendra...

President Trump suggested Wednesday that he might attempt to break up the 25-judge Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, according to The Hill.

...

There have been many not-so-subtle assertions from the Left that President Donald Trump is not playing with a full deck. Those assertions become...

The unidentified sources responsible for leaking information about a federal investigation of President Trump and his associates are trying to...

Former Vice President Dick Cheney spoke to "CBS Good Morning" arguing that Iraq was in "good shape" at the end of President George W. Bush's time...

Latest News Stories

A new business just opened up in Toledo, Ohio a couple of weeks ago, and the business owner tried to show off his patriotism by hanging an...

A man from Oregon was facing 50 years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing a minor in April of 2017. Something about the accuser's...

President Donald Trump's son, Donald Jr., spoke at a rally for Republican House candidate Greg Gianforte in Montana last week. During his speech,...

Hillary Clinton denied Wednesday night that she lied about Benghazi, after a moderator of the Democratic presidential debate challenged her,...

Despite enormous advances in women’s rights, a disturbing number of people still think that they have the right to deride and attack a woman for...