High School Football Coach Fired For Praying with Team Wins $1.7M Settlement and Will Get His Job Back

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A former high school football coach from Seattle was awarded a $1.7 million settlement and was given his job back after a Supreme Court decision ruled in his favor, NY Post reported. 

Joseph Kennedy was suspended as football coach of the Washington state high school in 2015 after leading prayers with his team after games and having talks with them using

“religious references.”

He sued the district taking the case to the Supreme Court. 

Kennedy claimed the prayers were

“private acts of faith,”

telling ABC News that after he started praying alone students began to join him. The school district noticed the student’s involvement and accused Kennedy of breaking the

“Constitution’s prohibition on government officials promoting a religion,”

reports state. 

The Supreme court judges ruled in favor of Kennedy stating that Kennedy’s prayer groups were protected under the First Amendment, according to the Seattle Times. He is scheduled to return as the assistant football coach for Bremerton High School for the 2023 season, the district said on its website. 

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