These days it is such an embarrassing shame what America has turned into.
On Friday, President Trump called for football fans to boycott N.F.L. games unless the league fires or suspends players who refuse to stand for the national anthem, saying that players must “stop disrespecting our flag and country.”
This has resulted with at least 100 players kneeling, sitting linking arms, giving black power salutes and not even showing up for the national anthem out of protest.
But, before NFL players started acting like an entitled diva, there was one NBA player who started all. At the beginning of the 1995-96 season, the NBA had a similar problem after Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf decided that he would not stand and salute the United States flag during the national anthem before games. Few noticed this for a long time. Abdul-Rauf would just stretch for the entirety of the song or stand there with his hands on his hips, never making eye contact with Betsy Ross’s greatest work of art.
But, the NBA dealt with it differently than the NFL!
On March 12, 1996, Abdul-Rauf was suspended for his refusal to stand and fined $31.707 a game for not standing. Two days later, the NBA compromised, forcing Abdul-Rauf to stand during the playing of the national anthem, but allowing him to close his eyes and look downward. Abdul-Rauf decided to say a Muslim prayer quietly to himself instead, but the damage had been done.
After that season, he was traded (despite being the team leading scorer), and after his contract expired in 1998 he wasn’t signed again!
Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf twenty years ago. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf TODAY before his first Big3 game. No retreat. No regrets. pic.twitter.com/tEEgcaNP5r
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) June 26, 2017
Abdul-Rauf’s willingness to stay strong for what he believed in was a rude act towards our country! The NBA- his employers had the right to demand that he respect the flag that symbolized the freedom of the country he works in. Too bad he did not value the nation that had given him the chance to be rich and famous.
The NBA is an entertainment league and employees are bound to observe rules that come with the very large salaries the players receive. The NBA required Rauf to do certain things, Rauf did not prefer to do them and the two parted ways As an American citizen, he made his own choice… So, do not blame anyone other than Rauf for the end of his NBA career.
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Natalie D. is an American conservative writer! Natalie has described herself as a polemicist who likes to “stir up the pot,” and does not “pretend to be impartial or balanced, as broadcasters do,” drawing criticism from the left, and sometimes from the right. As a passionate journalist, she works relentlessly to uncover the corruption happening in Washington.She is a “constitutional conservative”.