Sports Illustrated Receives Backlash Over Tweet About SCOTUS Case Involving Praying Football Coach


Critics blasted Sports Illustrated over the publication’s tweet about a praying football coach.

The Supreme Court is weighing the case of Joe Kennedy.

Kennedy is a former high school football coach who lost his job after praying on the 50-yard-line.

He accused the Bremerton School District of violating his constitutional rights to free exercise and free speech when he was fired.

On Monday, Sports Illustrated tweeted, “SCOTUS will soon rule on the case of a public school football coach who wants to pray on-field after games.”

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It added, “[Greg Bishop] on Joe Kennedy, the machine backing him and the expected result: a win for Kennedy and an erosion of a bedrock of American democracy.”

The tweet garnered several strong reactions:

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During an interview with The Daily Signal, Kennedy shared his one request for the court, as IJR reported.

The one thing he is asking of the court is “that I get to be a coach and I get to thank God afterwards.”

Additionally, Kennedy spoke about the relationship between his faith and career.

“When they told me that I had to pick between my faith and my job, that was a no-brainer and I stood up and fought,” Kennedy said.

The former football coach told the outlet he “decided to file the lawsuit after I realized that I was not going to be able to win this by myself.”

Kennedy explained, “There was no way I could talk to the school district anymore. Their lawyers said I was not to be in any contact with the school or anyone at the school, unless it was through the lawyers.”

Fox News noted a ruling on the case is expected sometime this month.

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