Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Donald Trump Meets Coach Kennedy Who Was Suspended For Praying After Games

Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump had a conversation with a Washington State high school coach suspended for his practice of kneeling down to pray on a football field, describing the coach's suspension as "sad" and "outrageous."

Joe Kennedy, a Bremerton High School Football Coach, filed a lawsuit in August against the school over him being punished for praying on the field.

While serving as coach at Bremerton High School, Kennedy had a habit of going to the 50-yard line to kneel and pray, with some students voluntarily joining him.

At a Retired American Warriors PAC gathering in Herndon, Virginia, Trump discussed the matter before a crowd that included Coach Kennedy, who had served in the Marines.

"The other day, just to add to your list, I was watching one of the news programs and they had a, I think high school football coach, you know, they're going into battle," stated Trump. "I think it's outrageous. I think it's very, very sad and outrageous."

In the impromptu conversation, Kennedy told Trump and the other retirees about his situation:

"They put me on suspension and then at the end of the year they gave me an adverse write-up of how well I did my job. I didn't change anything for 8 years." 
"Always prayed after every game. And they just really slapped me on it. Said what a horrible person I was. Ended up just not renewing my contract, so ultimately firing me."

The interaction between Kennedy and Trump comes as the former filed an appeal on Monday with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the hopes of getting a preliminary injunction against his being barred from coaching.

"Coach Kennedy appeals from the Order denying his Motion for a Preliminary Injunction (ECF No. 25) dated September 19, 2016, in which the Court denied Coach Kennedy's request for a preliminary injunction that would require Defendant Bremerton School District to cease its discrimination against him on the basis of his brief, private religious expression," reads the notice of appeal.

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