(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The NFL said on Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct following a touchdown in Monday night’s 41-14 win over the New England Patriots.
Early in the fourth quarter, Abdullah intercepted Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and returned it for a TD. He proceeded to drop to his knees in prayer. The sixth-year NFL veteran is a devout Muslim.
The NFL says according to the rulebook, “players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground.” But “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,” according to the league.
Abdullah took the entire 2012 season off to join his brother in a pilgrimage to Mecca.
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