"Tumwater High School running back Ronnie Hastie scored a touchdown on a 23-yard run in the second quarter of the team`s 63-27 2A state semifinal win over East Valley in Washington on Monday night.
After Hastie scored, he dropped to one knee and pointed to the heavens. The referee threw a flag and said it was unsportsmanlike conduct.
`It`s usually one or two seconds long,` Hastie reportedly said, explaining that he has pointed up as a gesture to God after every touchdown he has scored. `It`s something I`ve done as a tradition.`
Hastie was pointing to the heavens, but he might as well have been pointing to himself. Hastie was calling attention to himself by engaging in such a self-serving stunt, it`s about time that a referee threw a flag for unsportsmanlike conduct at a football player who points to God after making a touchdown.
Hastie isn`t "glorifying God" by pointing to Him after he scores a touchdown; he is implying that the Almighty is a silly creature who is enthralled by a high school football game.
Hastie should be ashamed of himself; he owes his teammates and his fellow students an apology. I`m glad the courageous official nipped Hastie`s ridiculous antics in the bud.
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