NFL: Chiefs Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized

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Kansas City safety and devoted Muslim Husain Abdullah was penalized Monday night after he scored a touchdown for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Abdullah received the 15-yard penalty for sliding on his knees in the end zone and bowing in prayer after he intercepted a pass from Patriot quarterback Tom Brady and ran 39 yards for a touchdown.

Social media was abuzz following the penalty, with many users noting similar religious celebrations by other NFL players (Tim Tebow, Greg Jennings) that were not penalized.

Abdullah and his brother Hamza, who is also a successful NFL player, both took the 2012 season off to make a spiritual pilgrimage to Mecca.

After the game, Abdullah’s agent tweeted:

“For me, I just got a little too excited,” Abdullah said during a post game interview, according to The Kansas City Star. “I think it was for the slide.”

The NFL’s vice president of football communications, Michael Signora, took to Twitter Tuesday morning, saying the penalty was unwarranted.

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