Nothing Wrong With Giving Praise

In the midst of the Kansas City Chiefs 41-14 victory over the New England Patriots, Safety Husain Abdullah picked off a Tom Brady pass, returned it to the house, and stirred a controversy in the manner in which he celebrated his touchdown.

After Kansas City Chiefs Safety Husain Abdullah, a devout Muslim, slid into the end zone Monday in celebration of his 39-yard interception return, he gave thanks to his God. In turn, he was flagged for being excessive with that celebration.

In the aftermath of the event, both he and Head Coach, Andy Reid, took the high road stating the Chiefs safety was flagged for his slide into the end zone not his praying gesture.

“For me, I just got a little too excited. I think it was for the slide,” Abdullah said later in the locker room.

The head coach had a different spin on the issue.

"When you go to Mecca, you should be able to slide wherever you want. We’ve got two priests in here. They’d probably vouch for me,” he said tongue and cheek.

For Abdullah, if he was indeed flagged for paying religious homage to a faith that isn’t mainstream, the NFL must respond quickly and issue a statement that they don’t discriminate from differing religious views.

I’m not about to make this a big ticket item in the wake of the Chiefs biggest win at Arrowhead stadium in a decade but religious freedoms have always been a staple in this country.

Athletes commonly kneel in the end zone or point to the heavens but nobody says anything about that when they give praise to their God. It’s become so commonplace at sporting events around the world that it’s never given a second thought – even if anyone objects to the practice.

The fact Abdullah is devout in his Muslim faith should be equally celebrated and allowed at all sporting events in this country. I’d like to think we’re progressive enough to believe there is nothing wrong with that.

I have no idea what the NFL is going to do about this or if they do anything at all. In the end, Abdullah probably was flagged for the slide, but if that’s not the case, his right to give thanks was in essence silenced and criticized.

Still the Chiefs did win the game and his touchdown was the icing on the cake that put the final hammer down on the Patriots.

So if there is a trade off in this minor debate from Monday evenings victory, perhaps what Abdullah did really didn’t matter. Because, either way, he still gave thanks in the manor that supports his faith.

Photos of Husain Abdullah courtesy of Denny Medley USA Today Sports Images.


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In the aftermath of the event, both he and Head Coach, Andy Reid, took the high road stating the Chiefs safety was flagged for his slide into the end zone not his praying gesture. \r\n\r\n

“For me, I just got a little too excited. I think it was for the slide,” Abdullah said later in the locker room.\r\n\r\n

The head coach had a different spin on the issue.\r\n\r\n

\"When you go to Mecca, you should be able to slide wherever you want. We’ve got two priests in here. They’d probably vouch for me,” he said tongue and cheek. \r\n\r\n

For Abdullah, if he was indeed flagged for paying religious homage to a faith that isn’t mainstream, the NFL must respond quickly and issue a statement that they don’t discriminate from differing religious views. \r\n\r\n

I’m not about to make this a big ticket item in the wake of the Chiefs biggest win at Arrowhead stadium in a decade but religious freedoms have always been a staple in this country.\r\n\r\n

Athletes commonly kneel in the end zone or point to the heavens but nobody says anything about that when they give praise to their God. It’s become so commonplace at sporting events around the world that it’s never given a second thought – even if anyone objects to the practice.\r\n\r\n

The fact Abdullah is devout in his Muslim faith should be equally celebrated and allowed at all sporting events in this country. I’d like to think we’re progressive enough to believe there is nothing wrong with that. \r\n\r\n

I have no idea what the NFL is going to do about this or if they do anything at all. In the end, Abdullah probably was flagged for the slide, but if that’s not the case, his right to give thanks was in essence silenced and criticized.\r\n\r\n

Still the Chiefs did win the game and his touchdown was the icing on the cake that put the final hammer down on the Patriots.\r\n\r\n

So if there is a trade off in this minor debate from Monday evenings victory, perhaps what Abdullah did really didn’t matter. Because, either way, he still gave thanks in the manor that supports his faith. \r\n\r\n

Photos of Husain Abdullah courtesy of Denny Medley USA Today Sports Images.\r\n\r\n

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After Kansas City Chiefs Safety Husain Abdullah, a devout Muslim, slid into the end zone Monday in celebration of his 39-yard interception return, he gave thanks to his God. In turn, he was flagged for being excessive with that celebration.

In the aftermath of the event, both he and Head Coach, Andy Reid, took the high road stating the Chiefs safety was flagged for his slide into the end zone not his praying gesture.

“For me, I just got a little too excited. I think it was for the slide,” Abdullah said later in the locker room.

The head coach had a different spin on the issue.

\"When you go to Mecca, you should be able to slide wherever you want. We’ve got two priests in here. They’d probably vouch for me,” he said tongue and cheek.

For Abdullah, if he was indeed flagged for paying religious homage to a faith that isn’t mainstream, the NFL must respond quickly and issue a statement that they don’t discriminate from differing religious views.

I’m not about to make this a big ticket item in the wake of the Chiefs biggest win at Arrowhead stadium in a decade but religious freedoms have always been a staple in this country.

Athletes commonly kneel in the end zone or point to the heavens but nobody says anything about that when they give praise to their God. It’s become so commonplace at sporting events around the world that it’s never given a second thought – even if anyone objects to the practice.

The fact Abdullah is devout in his Muslim faith should be equally celebrated and allowed at all sporting events in this country. I’d like to think we’re progressive enough to believe there is nothing wrong with that.

I have no idea what the NFL is going to do about this or if they do anything at all. In the end, Abdullah probably was flagged for the slide, but if that’s not the case, his right to give thanks was in essence silenced and criticized.

Still the Chiefs did win the game and his touchdown was the icing on the cake that put the final hammer down on the Patriots.

So if there is a trade off in this minor debate from Monday evenings victory, perhaps what Abdullah did really didn’t matter. Because, either way, he still gave thanks in the manor that supports his faith.

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