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Goldy the Gopher Mocks Penn State Player’s Prayer – Going too Far?

posted by Mark Herringshaw

The University of Minnesota’s sports mascot, Goldy the Gopher joined a long list of mascot buffoons when he mocked a Penn State player in prayer before the teams played last Saturday. When defensive lineman Jerome Hayes stopped in the end zone and knelt in prayer Goldy knelt with him, then offered his hand when the player crossed himself. Hayes did not accept the handshake. Goldy then fist-bumped a Minnesota cheerleader and wiped a mock tear.

Penn State won 20-0… So who got the last laugh?

Did Goldy go too far by mocking Hayes’ faith? 

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  • Yolanda

    I’ve never understood why those who don’t believe feel the need to mock those who do. It always touches my heart when I see players kneel in the end zone before a game, pray and cross themselves. As a Hispanic of Mexican descent, I’m accustomed to seeing this in Mexico and so to me it’s not a rarity…when I started seeing it here it touches my heart and sould.
    People need to learn to respect other’s beliefs.

  • Francesca

    In my opinion,it went too far!I don’t blame the lineman for being offended and not accepting the prayer gesture or the handshake!Maybe it was supposed to be a joke,but,it obviously backfired and turned out to be an offense to the person that the joke was played on.I hope that whoever wore the gopher mascot outfit apologized to this player.If not,then he or she should be reprimanded for his or her actions.

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