Muslim NFL player penalized for praying after touchdown

September 30, 2014 08:13


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Social media was abuzz Tuesday morning after a Muslim player for an American professional football team was penalized for praying in a celebratory manner following a touchdown that he scored for his team.

Husain Abdullah, a defensive back for the National Football League’s Kansas City Chiefs, intercepted a pass thrown by New England’s Tom Brady and returned it to the end zone for a touchdown during his team’s victory on Monday night in Kansas City.

After scoring the touchdown, Abdullah then kneeled to the ground briefly and touched his head to the turf, mimicking the prayer motion that Muslims perform when worshiping.

The referees officiating the game penalized Abdullah for unsportsmanlike conduct, resulting in a 15-yard penalty for his team.

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