A short slide followed by a brief moment on his hands and knees resulted in an excessive celebration penalty on Kansas City Chiefs defensive player Husain Abdullah during Monday night’s game against the New England Patriots.
It has also ignited fierce criticism from those who see the penalty as a double standard, and the NFL has since backtracked on flagging the Chiefs safety.
Abdullah, a devout Muslim, intercepted Tom Brady during the fourth quarter of last night’s blowout, running the turnover back for a touchdown. After several steps into the end zone, Abdullah slid to his knees and bent to put his hands on the ground in a prayer pose.
The move resulted in a 15-yard penalty for excessive celebration enforced on the following kickoff. The NFL’s rulebook prohibits a variety of “unsportsmanlike conduct” including “any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground.” The severe crackdown on end zone celebrations has earned the NFL the nickname, the “No Fun League.”