After scoring a touchdown in last Friday's playoff win over Hough (N.C.), West Mecklenburg (N.C.) junior quarterback Jalan McClendon mimicked Carolina Panthers star Cam Newton's "Superman" celebration and was promptly ejected from the game.
Officials considered the celebration an unsportsmanlike act; McClendon and the Hawks are fortunate that they didn't consider it taunting.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the North Carolina High School Athletic Association has cleared McClendon to play in Friday’s 4AA second round playoff game at Olympic. A taunting violation, such as the one that Butler (Charlotte) receiver Uriah LeMay was assessed earlier this season, carries a mandatory two-game suspension.
“It’s a good learning experience for him,” McClendon's coach, Jeff Caldwell, told the Observer. “With him being in the position he’s in, he should know better. He’s a young kid. My kids have never been in a situation like this before. I’m just happy for Jalan and that it came out all right."
Lucky for McClendon, who has scholarship offers from Duke, North Carolina and Wake Forest, he went with the Cam Newton instead of the Gus Frerotte.