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ON WOUNDED KNEE: LIBERTY FIGHTS FOR PRAYER RIGHTS IN ENDZONE
Published September 1, 1995
Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, has asked a U.S. District Court judge to rule if "the NCAA's new unsportsmanlike conduct code restricts freedom of religion by penalizing players who kneel in the end zone to celebrate a touchdown." Liberty players have made it a custom to give thanks after they score, but under the new NCAA rules they would receive a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and be ejected if they did it again. Falwell said players "draw attention to God, not themselves" with their holy act. Falwell: "I think they got some bad advice when they were doing the necessary work of getting rid of war dances and taunting and those things." (Andrew Bagnato, CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/1). In Washington, J.A. Adande writes that the NCAA "may be on shaky legal ground" with their new rule (WASHINGTON POST, 9/1).