Lacrosse Player Over 2A Rights
A student athlete at a Florida university says his coach threatened to bench him if he posted pictures of his guns online.
Zach Scholl, a junior who wears #40 on Palm Beach Atlantic University’s lacrosse team as a goalie, says an unnamed coach with the school texted him an ultimatum in June. The choice: pick his guns or his team.
“You want to play lacrosse for PBA, you won’t post pics of your guns and stuff. That’s simple. You want to continue to post this—you don’t play,” allegedly said the coach in a text as reported by the local NBC affiliate in West Palm Beach as well as the National Rifle Association.
Scholl, a Maryland native whose social media accounts are clogged with images filled with duck hunting and firearms, to include holstered handguns, texted back to the coach:
With all due respect, as a citizen of this country I have a second amendment right to keep and bear arms and a first amendment right to post the pictures of my firearms and photos from my hunts on my various social media accounts These are my rights as a US citizen and I’m not going to throw them away just to play ball under you. As much as I love the sport it is not worth it to me to surrender. So thank you for the opportunity, but someone else will have to be wearing #40 this year.
According to the NRA, the university “responded formally to the student’s complaint and said the student’s pictures did not violate school policy and that they had spoken to the coach about the issue.”
PBA is a faith-based liberal arts college that fields various NCAA Division II teams. According to his stats maintained by the school, Scholl previously attended Wesley College in Delaware, playing in three games over two seasons before joining the Sailfish.