Chiefs Husain Abdullah Penalized for Praying
With as much as the NFL has to worry about these days, you’d think penalizing a player for praying in the end zone would be at the bottom of the list.
But that’s the case surrounding Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah, a devout Muslim who received a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after dropping to both knees following an interception during Monday night’s game against the New England Patriots.
Understandably, celebrations on the ground are strictly prohibited by the league. But how, may I ask, is this different from when Christian players, such as the beloved Tim Tebow, bend one knee in reverence to their religion?
Answer: it’s not.
Christian. Jewish. Muslim. Buddhist. It doesn’t matter. It shouldn’t matter.
Even NFL spokesman Michael Signora told the Associated Press that Abdullah didn’t deserve the penalty: “the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression.”
Chiefs coach Andy Reid, however, believes the issue was not with the prayer, but rather with Abdullah sliding to the ground. Hmm…
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