Via The Blaze:
When Fort Myers High school football player Sam Turner reached the end zone Friday night with the first touchdown of his high school career, he took a few seconds to bow down and thank the Lord, but that simple act ended up having a major consequence.
Turner, 16, who briefly bent down on one knee, placed his finger in the air and prayed to the Lord, was dealt a 15-yard penalty, with an official dubbing the prayerful act unsportsmanlike conduct, according to the News-Press.
“I said ‘thank you, God, for this talent you’ve blessed me with,’” Turner told the outlet, explaining that he also gave a quick remembrance to JoJo Brunson, a student who was killed in a drive-by shooting last year.
While he was surprised to be penalized for praying, Turner told the News-Press that he has been given a great deal of support from people who are proud that he stood up for his values.