The African-American Athlete

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf Has No Regret Over His Flag Protest 20 Years Ago

By Bighamp76
Sep. 22, 2016

Twenty years ago NBAer Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf made a decision to protest the national anthem.

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was a prolific scorer during his college days at LSU, and a solid point guard in the NBA during his eight-year career after being drafted with the No. 3 overall pick  of  1990 NBA draft by Denver.

But what Abdul-Rauf will be remembered by most isn't his laser quick jumper, or his killer cross-over. Abdul-Rauf's legacy is his decision in 1996 to not take part in the playing of the national anthem. It was his way of protesting the conditions of poor people and people of color in America. It was a move that many people feel cost him his career as a player in the National Basketball Association. 

Recently, Abdul-Rauf sat down with Dave Zirin, sports editor of  'The Nation' magazine, and gave his thoughts on his decision 20 years ago, the repercussions it caused, and the protests of today that are led by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Click here to read the full Nation interview. In addition, click here for more on Abdul-Rauf's career.