Perry Asks UIL for Investigation


Gov. Rick Perry asked the University Interscholastic League on Friday to investigate why a high school track team was disqualified after one of the student athletes made what his father called a religious gesture.

The Columbus High School relay team was disqualified by a UIL judge at a regional meet on April 27 at Texas A&M Kingsville after a student engaged in an “unsporting act.” 

In a press release issued Thursday, the UIL said the athlete broke a rule against such conduct. The league said the athlete “crossed the finish line and gestured upward with his arm and finger and behaved disrespectfully toward meet officials.”

“There is no indication that the decision was made because of any religious expression,’’ the league said. “This was a judgment call, as are many decisions of meet officials in all activities.”

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