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.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
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 arent 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.
Every player understood the risks of playing football, and we did it, and would do it over again!— Hamza Abdullah (@HamzaAbdullah21) October 31, 2013
We just thought/assumed we would be taken care of after we were done.— Hamza Abdullah (@HamzaAbdullah21) October 31, 2013
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.
November 19th 2007 against the Titans, I knocked myself out of a game, and they said I lost my contact. WTF?!?— Hamza Abdullah (@HamzaAbdullah21) October 31, 2013
There's a reason 80% of former players either go broke or get divorced within 5 years of leaving the game.— Hamza Abdullah (@HamzaAbdullah21) October 31, 2013
In the same vein, Abdullah also attempted to demonstrate the leagues 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.
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