Ex-NFL safety Hamza Abdullah savages league in profanity-laced Twitter rant
After being drafted in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers before being waived by the team at the end of training camp, Hamza Abdullah spent parts of seven seasons in the National Football League with stints on the rosters of the Denver Broncos and Cleveland Browns and finally, the Arizona Cardinals.
His last season in the NFL was in 2011, when he appeared in all 16 games for the Cardinals.
On Thursday, Abdullah went off on the NFL in a lengthy, often disturbing and profanity-laced rant on Twitter, savaging the league for not caring about players, not taking care of players’ families, likening the league’s treatment of players to slavery and most disturbing of all, making comments about how he has contemplated suicide.
The entirety of Abdullah’s comments remain posted on his official Twitter account, but below are most of his tirade, courteously sanitized by Shutdown Corner:
Abdullah’s rant doesn’t end there. He goes on to accuse the NFL of unethical behavior, citing two injuries that he suffered he claims were misdiagnosed and castigating both the league and the NFLPA for “sitting back and watching all this s**t happen.”
Abdullah then states that all players should be given a psychological examination and full physical exam upon leaving the game and that the NFL should pay for it, tweeting, “I shouldn’t have to pay $120 a week to save my fu**ing life.” He also suggests that former players should be seeing a psychiatrist once a week.
Illustrating the turmoil he undoubtedly is suffering through — which he clearly blames on the NFL — Abdullah turns to openly discussing suicidal thoughts he has dealt with in the past, which have since been deleted, but below is a screengrab from Shutdown Corner’s report:
Truly a disturbing series of tweets. And while most remain, it perhaps is a good sign that Abdullah decided to remove the tweets related to his contemplation of suicide.
Hopefully, Abdullah’s comments — whether they are a cry for help or simply the rantings of a very angry individual — are heard and if he needs it, he gets the help and support he needs..