NFL Admits Husain Abdullah Should Not Have Been Penalized For His Muslim Prayer TD Celebration
One of Tom Brady's many mistakes last night turned into a conversation about religious freedom. Husain Abdullah -- who took a year off to make Hajj with his brother Husian -- dropped to the ground after his pick-six and "gave praise" as it's being referred to.
He was promptly (and wrongly) flagged for violating the league's policy on celebrations that involve going to the ground. The NFL has since clarified he should NOT have received a penalty for this, and will not be fined hereafter.
[PFT] “Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct following his fourth quarter touchdown,” Signora wrote in an email to PFT. “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.”
Abdullah, who assumed his penalty was for sliding and not praying, posted this image with with caption ""Subhana Rabbial-'Ala" (Glory be to my Lord The Most High)" to his Instagram this morning.
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