After a Tumwater High School running back scored a touchdown during a recent state playoff game in Tacoma, Wash., he dropped to one knee and pointed his finger to the sky. He was then flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct, earning him and his team a 15-yard penalty.
According to Q13 Fox, Ronnie Hastie's post-TD prayer broke the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association rule that says players can't draw attention to themselves.
"It's just something I do every time I get in the end zone," said Ronnie said. "To honor my Lord because I play for him. I give him the glory because he's the one that gives me the strength."
But even Ronnie's coach said the penalty was justified. "If it's a rule and they made it, then I agree with it because it's in there," said Tumwater head coach Sid Otton. "I admire the young man. He's a great player, great person off the field."
Tumwater still ended up defeating East Valley 63-27, and will go on to the championships on Saturday. But, while Ronnie maintains his beliefs, he's reconsidered his end zone moves. "I'll change it for the team cause they are the most important," he said. "We don't want the penalty."
What do you think about what happened to Ronnie? Many pro players have their own signature touchdown celebrations that are much more over the top than this Tumwater student's prayer. See for yourself in the video below. Should Washington state high school players be able to celebrate just like the pros?