It’s become common practice for NFL players who profess Christian faith to score touchdowns and fall to their knees in prayer, and not draw a penalty (though such an action breaks NFL rules for going to your knees in celebration).
When Husain Abdullah of the Kansas City Chiefs scored, slid to the ground and prayed in his team’s 41-14 win over the New England Patriots, he followed his Muslim tradition of going to his knees and prostrating toward the Muslim holy land of Mecca.
A referee then gave him a 15-yard penalty, which the NFL said was an incorrect action. The league made its statement through a spokesman on Tuesday.
Abdullah should not have been penalized. Officiating mechanic is not to flag player who goes to ground for religious reasons.
( NFL: Chiefs player should not have been flagged for prayer following TD )