NFL Apologizes to Kansas City’s Safety…Due to Prayer?
Some of you might have watched the game Monday Night, September 29, 2014, where Kansas City hosted New England Patriots. Tom Brady, the QB for the Patriots was having an awful night as he threw 2 interceptions and only completed a total of 159 yards of passing. Alex Smith on the other hand, the QB for Kansas City, threw 3 passes for touchdowns and had a total of 248 yards of completion and had 0 interceptions.
The Chiefs went on to win the game, but one major event took place that night, well, two major events. One was Tom Brady got benched for the first time in his career, but the second, more important event was when safety of Kansas City, Husain Abdullah who is a devout Muslim, received an interception that was thrown by Brady, then he pushed the ball up 39 yards to get the touchdown. Then, he fell to his knees and started praying to his divine creator, then, something that was completely disrespectful and just plain old rude, they immediately cited him for a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty. Everyone was appalled by the call, no one thought that it would be unsportsmanlike.
The NFL went on later to apologize and released a statement saying, “Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct following his fourth quarter touchdown,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told ABC News in a statement.He said he NFL’s 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.”
I personally think that its ridiculous the things they allow and then when a player who did an amazing job was unjustly accused of unsportsmanlike behavior because of him praying or thanking his divine creator. I’m personally flabbergasted at the NFL’s behavior.
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