Attorney for praying football coach says no one should have to choose between job and faith

His attorney said they want to make sure the coach can get his job back and continue praying by himself.
Former Bremerton High School assistant football coach Joe Kennedy takes a knee in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after his legal case, Kennedy vs. Bremerton School District, was argued before the court on April 25, 2022 in Washington, DC.

The attorney for former high school football coach Joseph Kennedy is optimistic that the Supreme Court will rule in their favor after he argued the case on Monday.

When he was a Bremerton High School assistant football coach, Kennedy would take a knee at the 50-yard line to pray privately after the game. Students from the school located in Bremerton, Wash., noticed what their coach was doing and asked to join in, First Liberty Institute attorney Jeremy Dys, who is representing Kennedy, told "Just the News – Not Noise" on Wednesday.

The school stepped in and said he could not pray with the students, so he agreed.

He was told to pray in a janitor's closet in the school if he wanted to continue with his after-game tradition, his attorney said.

However, Kennedy was unable to do this during away games, where he prayed alone on the field still. He was fired in 2015.

"No one should have to choose between the job that they love and their faith, Coach Kennedy had to make that decision," Dys noted.

"That's why we are now fighting... at the Supreme Court," Dys said, "to make sure that he can get his job back and go back to his practice of praying by himself."

Dys said he thinks the Supreme Court arguments "went very well," adding, "I think the coach is going to get his job back, or at least he's going to win this case in some measure."

The decision would have much larger implications. 

"Thankfully, I think we're gonna see the justices uphold that very principle that protects teachers and coaches all around the country who are people of faith," Dys said.