Chris Strauss, USA TODAY Sports
Former NFL safety Hamza Abdullah, who along with his younger brother Husain, chose to take off the 2012 NFL season to pursue his Muslim faith, went on a lengthy and profane rant against the NFL on Twitter Thursday morning.
Although Husain Abdullah, 28, returned to the NFL this season, signing a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs, 30-year-old Hamza did not get any opportunities despite eight years in the league.
It's not clear what triggered Abdullah's lengthy Twitter expression, which started with criticisms of fellow Muslims and then switched to the NFL's treatment of its players, specifically safety and health.
Abdullah's phone was off as the tweets went viral Thursday morning, raising some concern about his well-being. But a person close to Abdullah told USA TODAY Sports he had been in touch with family members, including his brother, Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah, and everything was OK.
A league spokesman said in an email to USA TODAY Sports the NFL's Player Engagement staff "is reaching out to (Abdullah) to see if we can be of assistance."
A concussion, the fourth of his career, ended Husain Abdullah's 2011 season with the Minnesota Vikings. Hamza, who played for four teams from 2005-2011, seems to intimate in his tweets that he also suffered his own head trauma while playing.
Here's Hamza Abdullah in his own words, with multiple profanities blacked out:
"[EXPLETIVE] you NFL for lying to these people and denying the fact that football causes brain damage."
"Every player understood the risks of playing football, and we did it, and would do it over again!"
"We just thought/assumed we would be taken care of after we were done."
"[EXPLETIVE] you NFL for denying players their benefits and making us go through these [EXPLETIVE] hoops."
"[EXPLETIVE] you NFL because you are the plantation and WE are the slaves!!! #IfYouThinkOtherwiseYouAreDelusional"
"[EXPLETIVE you NFL for that slave trade you call the "NFL COMBINE", where you strip us of our manhood"
"[EXPLETIVE] you NFL for wanting players to kill themselves so you can show the "SLAVES" what life off the plantation is"
He continues further, describing some of the suicidal impulses that many former players recently expressed in the PBS documentary League of Denial.
"How many former players have to kill themselves before you guys [expletive] realize, that they're pushing us to it."
"I've thought about that, and the only reason I won't, is because I'm Muslim."
"But I do think about if my families life would be better, if I wasn't here."
"Every time I go to sleep, I pray that Allah takes care of my family, just in case I don't wake up."
"And quietly, I'm disappointed sometimes when I do wake up."
"I'm married to a beautiful wife, have 3 beautiful children, and my financially GOOD, yet I don't want to wake up."
"[EXPLETIVE] you Roger Goodell. You would sell your [expletive] soul for a dollar."
"[EXPLETIVE] you NFL for making people like my brother sign injury waivers that say if they get hurt they get NOTHING!"
"[EXPLETIVE] you NFL. You got too greedy."
Four hours later, Abdullah apologized for his language, but not the content of his tweets.