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It has been a tough few weeks for football suspensions. As lurid tales of players beating women and “whooping” children dominate the headlines, a successful Arizona high school football coach has been suspended for an even more shocking offense:
Tempe Prep football coach Tommy Brittain has been suspended two weeks for praying with his team after the Show Low [Ariz.] win two weeks ago, his wife, Melissa, confirmed.
This was a school decision that came down this week, Brittain’s wife said…
“He’s walking on eggshells, and he doesn’t want to make the situation worse,” Melissa said of her husband, who was teaching Friday at Tempe Prep.
Brittain, who has a strong Christian faith with his large, close football family, led Tempe Prep to a 19-18 victory last week over then No.2 Phoenix Northwest Christian…
Brittain is not allowed to attend tonight’s game nor next week’s game at Valley Christian.
According to the Arizona Republic, the coach, athletic director and headmaster aren’t responding to media requests.
I find it is disturbing that joining a team prayer carries the same suspension that Ray Rice originally received for knocking his fiancée unconscious.
According to a local photojournalist, the kids are standing behind their coach:
— Nick Perez II (@santacruznp) September 20, 2014