Skip to comments.Was Relay Team Disqualified From State Championships for 'Religious Gesture?'
Posted on 05/05/2013 10:24:23 AM PDT by daniel1212
Members of a boys 4 X 100 meter relay high school track team in Texas were left in tears last weekend after the University Interscholastic League of Texas disqualified them from competing in the state championships because the team's anchor runner made a "religious gesture" as he crossed the finish line to win their regional title.
The runner, Derrick Hayes reportedly lifted a finger to the sky in celebration, as he wrapped up the win for Columbus High School. According to his father, K.C. Hayes, he was simply pointing to God. But UIL officials disagreed and slapped the team with an "unsporting conduct" charge, disqualifying them from participating in the state championships.
"It's a sad deal. I think it's a travesty. Those kids work hard," K.C. Hayes told My FOX Houston.
"As a team they reached their goal and in an instant it was just gone, over something we think is a non-issue. I guess someone else thinks it is an issue. He just said dad I was pointing at the heavens," said Hayes of his son's response to the incident.
On Thursday, the UIL defended the decision of its officials while noting that the matter was still being investigated.
"At the Region IV Conference 3A Track & Field regional meet held on Saturday, April 27 at Texas A&M Kingsville, a relay team from Columbus High School was disqualified by local meet officials for an unsporting act at the conclusion of the boys 4 x100 meter relay," UIL said in its statement.
The meet official indicated the athlete crossed the finish line and gestured upward with his arm and finger and behaved disrespectfully toward meet officials, in their opinion."
It continued, "In the judgment of the official, this was a violation of NFHS track & field rule 4-6-1. The regional meet referee concurred with this decision and the student was subsequently disqualified. There is no indication that the decision was made because of any religious expression. This was a judgment call, as are many decisions of meet officials in all activities." The organization further pointed out that it had no rules prohibiting religious expression.
K.C. Hayes, maintained to My FOX Houston that his son meant no ill-will to other competitors in the race and was only giving thanks to the source of his strength.
"It's not a malicious act. It's not a taunting act. It's a 'we did it' and he (my son) knows where the source comes from. I know him. He's not a malicious kid. On the football field he'll hit you and then help you up," said Hayes.
"It's a harsh consequence for what some people may deem a small gesture," said Columbus I.S.D. Superintendent Robert O'Connor. "The rule states no celebratory gestures including raising your arms," he concluded.
Calling the incident "heartbreaking," O'Connor said since the event he has received several nasty e-mails including one that reads, "Dear sir, you, are an idiot."
It saddens me that this could happen in Texas. Where can the sane people go?
‘nor prohibiting the free-exercise......’ ~ I think the kid ultimately wins ~
something smells in Texas and it ain’t bovine of nature
The relay team was disqualified because the “adults” in charge overreacted and have become aggressors in the war on Christianity.
And, the UIL, like public school administrators, will hide behind their blanket “zero tolerance” policies.
Zero tolerance policy means “I don’t have to think” because I’m paid NOT to!!
The coaches, when this crap happens should grab a bullhorn and tell the crowd “You know who won” and then walk away. I’d be damned if my job made me play along with a PC lie. The school could have it.
I have a gesture in mind that is non-religous.
If pointing a finger to the sky is excessive, then what would be a form of acceptable celebration, is smiling forbidden?
“Zero tolerance policy means I dont have to think because Im paid NOT to!!”
Doing a ‘We’re number one’ gesture is the epitome of taunting. To do it and then try to hide behind Jesus....
Texas is being inundated by blue staters who bring their libtard ideas with them. Texas isn't what is was just 10 years ago. Perry traipsing around the country giving tax dollar paid incentives to companies to move to Texas is just one in a long list of reasons he'll never get my vote again.
If they won, it’s fact. So why is pointing out reality wrong again?
Same for AZ and Nevada. I came here in 95. It’s a far different area than it was. Californicated.
Are these officials mentally retarded?
Gee, I didn't know that!
The most common transgressors belong to the protected group most often, and most easily offended (tied with the koranimals.)
There are rules against taunting. Being a Christian (or claiming to be one) doesn’t put you above the rules. Jesus had something to say on that subject, even if one is a dipsy and ignores the moral law of the Old Testament.
They learned a valuable lesson that day - actions have consequences, and playing the ‘victim’ card doesn’t always work.
There are rules against taunting... Well, no, there’s rules against any celebration in the competition area as that is viewed as taunting. Oh boo hoo hoo, more of the war against boys than anything else. How dare children actually celebrate a victory, when the adults want everyone to celebrate participation. Singular or team excellence is a dirty thing that must be hidden.
But yes, this had nothing to do with banning a Christian symbol, practice or action. It was a form of celebration that was forbidden by brain dead rules that seeks to raise the mediocre to equality.
One finger pointed up in the air = number 1. Can’t make more out of it then that.
Perhaps they were just counting. They came in first so they would be #1.
Competitors will raise their hand in defiance against these Nazis at every opportunity. Let every boy winning every race raise his hand in defiance of rules and judges who seek only compliance with their sick policies.
Blue state companies that have policies that promote zero tolerance non-thinking and diverthity political correctness can stay in their blue states and die from suffocation by high taxes and smothering regulation that defy logic.
If you can seriously post something that abundantly stupid in the context of what is going on with Zero Tolerance, I am not really sure what side of the fence you think you are on,
If they had been told "no excessive celebrations" and got disqualified quickly after crossing the line this may have nothing to do with religion. It may be anti-fun pettiness but the officials may have had no reason to know why the winner's finger was thrust in the air, just that it was up.
I think it maybe a secret stoic conspiracy against showing emotion.
Exactly. The rule clearly stated no celebratory gestures. Pretty simple.
Agree that all “celebration” penalties are just stupid. College football has been infested with these stupid rules. But as you say this had toning to do with Christian.
I’m on the side of the fence of folks who can think for themselves rather than have to wait to get their talking points from ‘Left Behind’.
Don’t have to be a Fundie to know helping perpetuate ZT BS only helps the left bring on more of it. Unless you WANT more of it.
Perhaps you would prefer emotionless kids working for participation trophies and all standing apologeticly if the concept of winning is even allowed.
First you stop taunting, then celebration, then emotion, then the idea of competition. Because that is the endgame. Competition means someone is better than another. A direct nono for liberal/communist life.
I haven’t heard such nonsense since the Puritans banned Christmas.
This is just sad. We feel so bad that some kids are losers that we completely drain the excitement out of victory. You win a big race, and you are not allowed to make ANY indication that you are happy about it? You can't raise your hands in victory?
Think about how many iconic videos there are of people winning a big race and raising their hands as they run over the finish line, or pump their fists in excitement.
But no, not any more. You might make the other participants FEEL BAD if you are excited about victory. Instead, I guess you are supposed to go around and apologize for doing so well.
I think it might be time to just shut down high school athletics, they have drained all the joy out of sport.
The very idea of earning rewards based on merit, as well as being penalized for poor effort, is anathema to the liberal mind.