Free Derrick Hayes!

Kids, learn a lesson here. Don’t react positively in any way to any good thing that happens as long as you’re anywhere near a school, especially if you happen to believe in God. Just don’t. It’ll cost you.


This past weekend, the Columbus [Texas] High School Mighty Cardinals had just won a boys relay race when a runner’s final gesture got them disqualified.

As he was crossing the finish line, Derrick Hayes pointed up to the sky. His father believes he was giving thanks in a gesture to God.

“It was a reaction,” father KC Hayes said. “I mean you’re brought up your whole life that God gives you good things, you’re blessed.”

Columbus ISD Superintendent Robert O’Connor said the team had won the race by seven yards. It was their fastest race of the year.

Though O’Connor cannot say why the student pointed, he says it was against the rules that govern high school sports. The rules state there can be no excessive act of celebration, which includes raising the hands.

“I don’t think that the situation was technically a terrible scenario as far as his action, but the action did violate the context of the rule,” Supt. O’Connor said.

So…the team had the victory taken away from them and can’t compete for the state title. Because a kid pointed to the sky after the race was over.

And because we have idiots in charge of so many things in our society.


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