The NFL admitted Tuesday that Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah should not have been penalized for sliding on his knees and bowing in prayer after scoring a touchdown.
What is it about athletes that leads to so much of this sort of thing? Do you drop to your knees in front of coworkers and customers after closing a sale? Would that fly at your job?
Of course, as a private organization, the NFL can do whatever it pleases in this regard, or maybe not. What if a person is into Yoga and they stand on their head in the end zone? Can the NFL pick and choose in these matters? I know standing on one's head isn't celebratory in Yoga, but I'm just thinking hypothetically. What if there were a religion that had a celebratory dance or some other conspicuous gyration?
As for the psychology of these practices, my thought is that they're overdetermined. Within a given individual there are probably multiple motives, some conscious and some that aren't conscious. A person's conscious religious belief might nicely support an unconscious wish to showboat.
Oh please, you think that doesn't happen?