West Point to investigate football team's postgame celebration

Army didn’t only pull off an upset win over Temple 28-13 on Friday night, it also pulled down the video of its postgame celebration.

The video showed the team enjoying the win before head coach Jeff Monken asked an assistant coach to lead them in prayer. But the prayer could be seen as a violation of the First Amendment, by breaching the religious freedom of the players.

Many cadets reportedly contacted Mikey Weinstein, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation president, complaining about the prayer.

“In this case, Coach Monken chose the wrong time, the wrong place, and the wrong manner,” Weinstein told the Associated Press. “He can’t tell anybody, put your hand on someone and let’s pray. You can’t do it, particularly when you’re the head coach of a public school. We assume that there’s going to be an apology from the coach to the team.We are assuming there’s an admission there was a misstep.”

An edited version of the locker room celebration can be seen here:

The Air Force also came under fire last year, when many players took a knee to pray prior to the game. The act was considered within their rights.

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