Kansas City Chiefs Player Penalized For Muslim Prayer on Field (Video)

| by Michael Allen

During the Kansas City Chiefs' victory over the New England Patriots last night, Chiefs' safety Husain Abdullah intercepted a pass thrown by the Patriots' Tom Brady and scored a touchdown.

Abdullah, who is a Muslim, crouched down in a prayer position in the end zone after scoring (video below).

According to, that's when a NFL official threw a flag and yelled, "Unsportsmanlike conduct, going to the ground:"

However, this morning Michael Signora, the NFL’s vice-president of football communications, tweeted:

Abdullah should not have been penalized. Officiating mechanic is not to flag player who goes to ground for religious reasons.

The Washington Post reports that the NFL rulebook states: “Players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground."

Mike Pereira, former vice-president of NFL officiating and current Fox Sports commentator noted on Twitter that the rule doesn't apply to prayer:

you're not penalized for going to the ground to give praise after a TD

Sources:, The Washington Post, Twitter