If the NFL referee tries to penalize Kansas City Chiefs free safety Husain Abdullah for his touchdown celebration against New England Patriots on Monday Night Football, then the league are up for another controversy which pertains to religion.
This was Abdullah’s agent @CJLaboy tweeted last night, “If the NFL tries to fine @HAbdullah39 for his TD celebration there’s going to be some problems.”
Abdullah who is a Muslim was flagged for 15 yards was after kneeling in the end zone in what appeared to be an Islam prayer after scoring a touchdown from an interception of Tom Brady. Nevertheless, the Chiefs mocked the America’s team Patriots via 41-14 rout.
But the penalty did generate buzz across social media and seems to continue with serious discussion in the coming days unless NFL issue a statement on the matter.
Here’s some clips on Muslim NFL player Husain Abdullah penalized after vowing an Islam prayer in touchdown celebration below.
The point of clarification would be why Christian NFL players who knelt in the end zone in prayer in the past wasn’t penalized? Brandon Marshall or Tim Tebow did it as you can see on video clip below. Was Abdullah muslim religion singled out?
NFL released a statement via USA Today,
“Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct following his fourth quarter touchdown,” NFL spokesman Michael Signora wrote in an email to USA TODAY Sports.
“Rule 12, Section 3, Article 1 (d) states ‘players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground.’ However, the officiating mechanic in this situation is not to flag a player who goes to the ground as part of religious expression, and as a result, there should have been no penalty on the play.”