FORT MYERS, Fla. (CBS Tampa) – After a Fort Myers High School senior caught his first high school career touchdown, he was flagged for a penalty.
Tight end Sam Turner caught a 27-yard touchdown pass to put his team up 28-0. While in the endzone, he knelt down and said a short prayer.
“I saw the flag and I was so confused at first,” Turner told WINK-TV. “I was like, ‘Are you seriously flagging me right now? What did I do wrong?’ Eventually the ref came up and talked to me and said I was trying to bring attention to myself and I was trying to explain to him that that wasn’t the case at all. I wasn’t trying to bring attention to myself I was just trying to thank God.”
Turner also was pointing to the sky, a way to honor his friend and a former teammate Jojo Brunson. Brunson, 17, was killed in a drive-by shooting last year.
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, a player can be penalized for “any delayed, excessive, or prolonged act by which a player attempts to focus attention upon himself.”
Turner was issued a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty which was enforced on the following kickoff.
“It would be nice for players with a good faith to be able to honor what they believe in,” he told WINK.
Fort Myers went on to win the game 49-0.
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