The NFL official rulebook says:
“Players are prohibited from engaging in any celebrations or demonstrations while on the ground.”
However, officials are instructed to overlook the rule if there is any indication that prayer is involved. Is the referee that flagged the celebration ignorant of Muslim customs?
With many people not knowing the exact celebration rule and the U.S. being such a Christian nation, it could easily be seen as a penalty against religion and stir up controversy. This is just another blow to the NFL to add to the many controversies already present.
Abdullah is a devout Muslim and took off the 2012 season to make hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca.