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Christian Wrestler Under Fire After Praising Jesus, Mentioning Muhammad Following Win: 'Holy Spirit Power — It's Everything'


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A champion wrestler has come under fire for comments he made about his Christian faith and Muhammad after winning an NCAA title Saturday.

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Penn State wrestler Aaron Brooks, 22, shared his Christian beliefs after securing the victory, crediting the Lord for his triumph.

“It’s everything, Christ’s resurrection is everything,” Brooks said after winning. “Not just his life, but his death and resurrection. You can only get that through Him — the Holy Spirit only through Him.”

It’s what he said next, though, that is sparking controversy. Brooks continued, “No false prophets, no Muhammad or no anyone else. Only Jesus Christ himself.”

The wrestler made his comments while still out of breath following the match, proceeding to also speak about the power of the Holy Spirit.

“Acts 1:8, Power, Holy Spirit power, it’s everything,” he said. “That’s where it’s from.”

Watch Brooks’ comments:

The wrestler said God has given him a platform and proclaimed, “it’s all for His glory,” according to Fox News.

Some likened the comments — particularly about false prophets and Muhammad — to bigotry and said they were uncalled for.

“FunFact: you can practice your faith without sounding like bigot and dragging someone else’s faith so disrespectfully,” Sarwat Malik tweeted. “Absolutely uncalled for, BRAZEN.”

Here are some of the other reactions:

Tripple congrats. But it’s so cringe when someone has the spotlight and talks about religion/politics.

We just wanted to hear about the takedowns man lol.

— GRIDE (@cryptogride) March 19, 2023

After capturing his third title at the 2023 NCAA wrestling championships, Aaron Brooks used his ESPN interview to call Muhammad a false Prophet and take a cheap shot at Muslims

— Bloody Elbow (@BloodyElbow) March 20, 2023

NCAA Wrestling also came under fire for reportedly sharing and then deleting the post-match video.

Brooks hasn’t yet addressed the controversy surrounding his remarks.

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