I saw a video of this play and it is ridiculous that a young man can't point to the sky for a second to thank his God! He was not show boating or rubbing it other players face it was a very casual point for half a second at most. I hope AIA does the right thing and let's him play. That was the furthest thing from excessive celebration. Watching the Brophy game on tv the other day and the Basha player did his superman action shot after a TD..... That is excessive this ref at Dysart should be ashamed of himself for throwing that flag!
Stingman: You are missing the point of this thread! It's not the fact that he had been warned so it warrants the ejection. It's the fact that we have reached a point in society that a young man can't point to the sky and thank HIS God for a brief second. He in no way did it as excessive celebration and did not face an opponent while doing it. He was not rubbing it in or did anything wrong. He never should have been warned in the first place and never should have been ejected. Had he spiked the ball and danced around and then pointed to the sky the yes eject him. That ref should be ashamed for causing this mess. Players taunt and talk smack at every game and there is no discipline but a simple gesture like this and he gets punished. This tells you the direction that this county and society is going but that's another day and another thread.
Gotta go the other way on this one. We watch one snippet and think we know the whole story, much like we do when watching the news. Kid had been warned, then flagged before this point in the game. Warned. Then hit with a flag. THEN, he does it again. Two flags mean automatic ejection, so he knew doing it again would get the second one. Is it right to flag what is a very tame celebration by most standards? No, I don't think so. However, he decided to do it a third time after clearly knowing it was being flagged that night.
Also, Dysart was pounding Glendale. Perhaps there were other incidents and the officials felt they needed to control anything that could be considered a taunt to make sure emotions between the two teams didn't escalate. We don't know. After watching the clip again, it could also be construed that he was holding up a #1, since he really doesn't point to the sky and bring his arm down, but holds it up for a while walking towards his teammate. Again, all speculation.
What we do know is that the kid was told not to do it, was flagged once for doing it a second time, then got his second flag after doing it a third time.
From looking at the video, it doesn't seem bad enough for an ejection. However, I wasn't there and don't know the bigger picture. I will say this... I have seen some of the WORST officiating this year that I can remember. Some of the calls/non-calls have been absolutely horrible. I understand the human factor and "everyone makes mistakes", but this year really stands out for some reason.