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Brother of Chiefs safety Abdullah blasts NFL about players’ safety

Updated: 2013-10-31T19:26:37Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

The brother of Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah railed against the NFL Thursday, accusing it of failing to protect players from head injuries and displaying an overall callousness about the general well-being of current and former players.

Hamza Abdullah, a former safety who played for three NFL teams from 2005 to 2011, unleashed an expletive-filled rant on Twitter in which he also called the NFL modern-day slavery and criticized the league for creating a system that encourages players to play through their injuries.

“The reason players cover their injuries up, is because the contracts aren’t guaranteed,” Abdullah tweeted.

But that was one of his tamer thoughts. In a series of tweets that began “F--- you NFL” ― which were actually preceded by a similarly angry rant against “fake” Muslims ― Abdullah said the NFL Scouting Combine strips players of their manhood. He also criticized the league for making it difficult for former players to get benefits once they leave the game.

Abdullah, who admitted to having suicidal thoughts recently, also blamed the NFL for the recent suicides of several former players, tweeting “they're pushing us to it” by long ignoring the effects concussions have on the brain.

In the same vein, Abdullah also attempted to demonstrate the league’s callousness by using the concessions his brother Husain, who has suffered multiple concussions during his career, had to make to continue playing.

The Chiefs reportedly signed Husain, 28, to a one-year deal for $715,000 this offseason that contained no guaranteed money and also included an injury waiver.

Husain, who has tallied 13 tackles and an interception, was not available for comment Thursday. A spokesperson for the Chiefs also offered no comment.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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