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Supreme Court to hear case of praying coach who his lost job after kneeling on the field – USA TODAY

  • Kennedy claims the school violated his First Amendment rights by not re-upping his contract.
  • A federal appeals court ruled that the coach was acting as a public employee when he prayed after games.
  • The Supreme Court is likely to rule in the case early this summer.

WASHINGTON – From coach Joseph Kennedy’s perspective, the yearslong fight over his decision to pray on the 50-yard line following his team’s football games is clear cut: He made a promise that he would offer his thanks on the field – win or lose. 

“That’s where I made my commitment to God before I even took the coaching job,” Kennedy told USA TODAY in an interview. “There on the field of battle.”

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