Husain Abdullah Flagged for Praying After Touchdown, NFL Backpedals (Video)
Husain Abdullah ran an interception back for a 39-yard touchdown last night against the New England Patriots in what would become a 41-14 trouncing by the Chiefs of the Pats. While that’s a newsworthy play, that’s not the story. The story was that, once in the end zone, Abdullah, a Muslim, prostrated in the end zone, which serves as a religious celebration.
The move was a little more pronounced than the standard Christian “make a cross on your chest” or “point up to the sky,” but no more so than the “Tebowing” fad that obnoxiously spread throughout the league a few years back. So, the league was quick to issue a statement saying that Husain Abdullah shouldn’t have been assessed a penalty for his display.
Abdullah should not have been penalized. Officiating mechanic is not to flag player who goes to ground for religious reasons.
— Michael Signora (@NFLfootballinfo) September 30, 2014
The Council on Islamic-American relations has also stated the following:
“To prevent the appearance of a double standard, we urge league officials to clarify the policy on prayer and recognize that the official made a mistake in this case.”
Sounds reasonable enough. Here’s the video. Feel free to draw your own conclusions about the Husain Abdullah affair: