In what may be the dumbest penalty in the history of sport, the Kansas City Chiefs Husain Abdullah was penalized for praying after scoring a touchdown.
As if the NFL Commissioner needed another reason to embarrass himself in the eyes of the media, Roger Gooddell explained why the league penalized Abdullah, who is a Muslim and more importantly, an awesome human being.
“He wasn’t facing east,” Goodell said. “That’s an immediate and non-negotiable fine of $5 billion, and on top of that he has to take me out to the best falafel joint in his area.”
Abdullah, whose base salary is “only” $750,000, clearly can’t afford to pay the fine in one lump sum, but he promised to take Goodell to the Habashi House in Kansas City.
Goodell later said, “Ahhh, fuck it. I’ll drop the fine. I don’t want to go to that dump of a city anyway.”
All kidding aside, let me be real for a second:
You let Tim Tebow pray all over NFL fields as if the bench was his altar and the stands were his gospel choir. You didn’t penalize him ONCE.
Now a Muslim bows down for two seconds and gets reprimanded? The NFL is blatantly hypocritical. I hate to quote my shitty podcast here, but “that’s not common courtesy, bro!”
I don’t even care for the league’s apology to Abdullah to begin with because these days you hear more apologies from the NFL than you would at a confessional.
I’m sorry, NFL, but there’s only so many times you can say “I’m sorry.”
Referees and the rulebook need to understand a prayer is NOT offensive. It’s only offensive if you force me to pray with you.
Don’t get me wrong here. If Abdullah bows for five minutes straight after scoring a touchdown, I wouldn’t argue that you could penalize him for ‘delay of game.’ But for Saint Peter’s sake, his end zone celebration took less time than Victor Cruz’s salsa dance.
Too bad my Jewish people suck at sports. I’d love to see how the league would react to our Hava Nagila touchdown celebration.