The president of a Connecticut university has pushed back against comments made by the school's assistant football coach, who recently said one of his goals as director of player engagement is to make sure students understand "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle."
Ernest Jones, the running backs coach and director of player engagement for the University of Connecticut football team, told the local Hartford Courant in a recent interview that his role as director of player engagement is to develop players in a variety of ways aside from their athletic performance, including their role in society, how to write a resume, and how to develop social skills. In the interview, Jones also stressed the importance of a player's spirituality, saying that each athlete participates in "fellowship, non-denominational type things" while playing with the team.
"We're going to make sure they understand that Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle, that that's something that is important. If you want to be successful and you want to win, get championships, then you better understand that this didn't happen because of you," Jones told the Courant in the interview, published over the weekend. "This happened because of our Lord and Savior. That's going to be something said by Bob Diaco. That's something that's going to be said by Ernest Jones. That's who we are." more >>
A Houston woman has filed a lawsuit claiming she is pregnant with Texans running back Arian Foster's baby. The woman says in the lawsuit that Foster has been pressuring her to abort the child.
Brittany Norwood, a 20-year-old senior at the University of Houston, claims she spent time with Foster last summer while he attended a training camp in Houston, and then again in November in California while Foster recovered from back surgery. Foster is already married with children.
In the lawsuit recently filed in Texas, Norwood alleges that both Foster and his brother "constantly harassed [her] to get an abortion for the child." Foster and his brother, Abdul, allegedly sent text messages to her pressuring her to abort the child. more >>
The Butte, Mont., Lutheran pastor who made headlines for delivering what appeared to be a one-minute service on Sunday so he could watch the NFC Divisional Playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers said he was just having fun and actually delivered a full sermon that day.
"The truth is, I actually came back in after that and did a whole service. So that one minute was just like my lead up to it," Pastor Tim Christensen of Gold Hill Lutheran Church said in a video interview with RightThisMinute.
"Everybody thought I was serious, but I started getting booed by the Vikings and Packers fans in my congregation. So I came back in and did a full worship service after – that was just my way of adding a little levity to the day." more >>
A Lutheran pastor from Butte, Mont., is making headlines on Monday after it was revealed that he delivered a one-minute service on Sunday, so that he could watch the NFC Divisional Playoff game between the San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers.
"Would you all like to be forgiven for your sins?" Pastor Tim Christensen of Gold Hill Lutheran Church asks the congregation in a Youtube video of the sermon. The people answer "yes," and he tells them "Ok, you are."
The pastor attempts to keep things short and humorous, and when talking about Communion, he offers: "There is some bread, and some wine up here on the table. You feel free to help yourself if you'd like to." more >>
Kobe Bryant's team may have been blown out by the Los Angeles Clippers in a 123-87 loss, but Lakers fans can expect their All-Star veteran to return later this month.
Bryant, the 35-year-old Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard, is working to return to his team after suffering a knee fracture late last year. Mike D'Antoni, the Laker's head coach, said he hopes to see Bryant and the team's veteran point guard Steve Nash return on Jan 28 against the Indiana Pacers before the team goes away on a seven game road trip.
"Hopefully both of them are ready," D'Antoni said of the two star players in a Los Angeles Times report. more >>
Unashamedly controversy-prone Pastor Mark Driscoll of Seattle-based Mars Hill Church recently sat down with some Seahawks players and a coach as they get ready for their first game in this year's NFL playoffs on Saturday.
"Recently, some of the Seahawks players and a coach were kind enough to sit down and talk with me about their faith in Jesus Christ and how it intersects with life on and off the football field," Driscoll wrote in his blog posted Friday.