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Outraged fans think KC’s Abdullah flagged for Islamic prayer after TD

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As if the NFL didn’t have enough controversy so far this season, some people were trying to gin up outrage over an unsportsmanlike conduct call against the Kansas City Chiefs’ safety Husain Abdullah.  After intercepting a Tom Brady pass and taking it in for a score, Abdullah slid on his knees and then prostrated himself in prayer.

This is unbelievable RT @rklau: Ladies and gentlemen, the NFL finds yet another way to make a mockery of itself:

— Thomas C. Bowen (@thomascbowen) September 30, 2014

Husain Abdullah gets penalty when praying after touchdown (Video)

— SPLC (@splcenter) September 30, 2014

The Southern Poverty Law Center has probably already designated the NFL referees as a “hate group.”

Husain Abdullah gets penalized for kneeling and praying after touchdown yet Tim Tebow gets praised for that. I'm just saying…

— Saadia (@Sudashian) September 30, 2014

Wait, a Muslim Chiefs player got penalized for praying while Tebow's show was ok when he played?

— Kevin van Haaren (@kvanh) September 30, 2014

but if Husain Abdullah's name were Tim Tebow…

— Brandon J. Valles (@branillionaire) September 30, 2014

And everyone was SO tolerant of Tim Tebow.

Note who's outraged Husain Abdullah was penalized for praying. See if they got upset about Colleen Hufford's beheading.

— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) September 30, 2014

@fballviness: Husain Abdullah was penalized for a prayer after the TD. SMH @nfl”yea they getting ridiculous !

— Supreme Scott (@TeamPremo) September 30, 2014

This moment of prayer earned @HAbdullah39 an Unsportsmanlike penalty. Agree w/ call? #NFL

— Jeff Rosen (@jeff_rosen88) September 30, 2014

If the NFL tries to fine @HAbdullah39 for his TD celebration there's going to be some problems.

— CJ LaBoy (@CJLaBoy) September 30, 2014

@Rand_Getlin @JoshBoeke @CJLaBoy @HAbdullah39 -didn't Teebow take a knee after every score?

— T (@songbirrd) September 30, 2014

@songbirrd @Rand_Getlin @CJLaBoy @HAbdullah39 you're allowed to pray after a TD, it's the slide presumably that drew the penalty.

— Josh Boeke (@JoshBoeke) September 30, 2014

Most posts on Husain Abdullah’s penalty fail to mention or show his slide: I’m not sure it was the right call though.

— Andrew Escobar (@andrewe) September 30, 2014


@jeff_rosen88 @HAbdullah39 @McClain_on_NFL the prayer wasn't the reason for the call. It was the slide to the ground.

— Jay Lampert (@MortChristenson) September 30, 2014

@MortChristenson @jeff_rosen88 @HAbdullah39 @McClain_on_NFL careful jay! I agree with you but they're out for blood, here.

— Kiel (@kielfogle) September 30, 2014

@kielfogle @jeff_rosen88 @HAbdullah39 @McClain_on_NFL the truth is the truth. Nothing to do w/freedom of religion or anti-Islam bias.

— Jay Lampert (@MortChristenson) September 30, 2014

But..but…we’ve already loaded our wagon with selective outrage!

What did Husain Abdullah himself have to say about it? He says it was probably the slide that drew the flag, and he doesn’t even sound surprised.

@kchuskerz It's fixed –

— Ben Heisler (@bennyheis) September 30, 2014

It was probably the slide. That’s still the kind of rinky-dink call that leads some to say N-F-L stands for “No Fun League,” but cool your jets, people. It’s not a hate crime.

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