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Coach Joe Kennedy was ‘banned from team meal,’ was ‘ostracized’ when he returned to football job: lawyer

Coach Joe Kennedy, known for his successful First Amendment fight for the right to say a prayer on the high school football field in Bremerton, Washington, appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Friday, Sept. 8, to share context about why he’s now decided to leave his assistant football coaching job in Washington.

In part, he’s alleging retaliation from the school district that fired him eight years ago and then was forced to accept him back this year after he won his Supreme Court battle. 

“Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy asked Kennedy to explain why he quit after the first game of the season this year after fighting for his job.

“It seemed like the right thing to do,” said Kennedy. “We’ve had problems with a family member down in Florida” who is in ill health, the coach added. 

Kennedy is a father and grandfather.

He also told Fox News Digital that he’s had many family members and friends rooting for him all these years and how grateful he’s been for that support.

Maureen Mackey and Brittany Kasko of Fox News Digital contributed reporting. 

Christine Rousselle is a lifestyle reporter with Fox News Digital.


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