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El Reno pastor makes playful jab in Thunder invocation

The Rev. Ronnie Fields, a pastor of an El Reno church, incorporated a double entendre about Los Angeles Laker Metta World Peace in his prayer before the Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets game on Wednesday.
by Carla Hinton Modified: April 26, 2012 at 6:50 pm •  Published: April 26, 2012

“We are called to pray for our enemies, and I believe God has a sense of humor,” Fields said Thursday.

He said his Facebook friends encouraged him, good-naturedly, to pray for world peace when he mentioned that he would be giving the invocation before Wednesday's game. Fields said he gave the invocation at two Thunder games last season — one during the regular season and one during the playoffs.

He said he thought about waiting to see if he was invited to give the prayer during a Thunders-Lakers playoff game, which may or may not happen. Laughing, Fields said he decided to go ahead and offer the playful double entendre on Wednesday.

“It's wonderful to experience the Thunder,” he said. “Hopefully, they'll ask me back.”

Public pregame prayers are unusual in the NBA, although they are standard for the Thunder and the New Orleans Hornets, which temporarily played home games in Oklahoma City.

by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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