sports.yahoo.com: Chiefs player Husain Abdullah gets penalized after kneeling in Muslim prayer
NFL officiating guru Mike Pereira once said he’d never throw a flag on a player who knelt in the end zone in prayer because he “didn’t want to get struck by lightning.”
That same belief wasn’t shared by the crew working Monday night’s Chiefs-Patriots game.
In a move that is sure to generate some discussion, Husain Abdullah of the Chiefs was flagged 15 yards after kneeling in the end zone in Muslim prayer after scoring a touchdown off an interception of Tom Brady. The unsportmanlike conduct penalty Abdullah received sparked a quick outrage on Twitter where it was noted that plenty of Christian players mark their scores with a sign of deference, reflection or tribute to their higher power.
Brandon Marshall gets on knees & raises hands to Jesus after TD..No penalty..Husain Abdullah bows to Mecca..15 yards! pic.twitter.com/6G5sDfaWO0
— Arsalan Iftikhar™ (@TheMuslimGuy) September 30, 2014