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Religious Controversy in the NBA

For the first time, the 1995-96 NBA season was marked by a controversy involving the religion of an NBA player.

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, a guard for the Denver Nuggets, was suspended in March for refusing to stand during the playing of the U.S. national anthem before a game. Abdul-Rauf, a Muslim, argued that standing for the flag violated his sense of total loyalty to his God. The conflict between Abdul-Rauf and the NBA was eventually resolved, when Abdul-Rauf agreed to stand in prayer during the national anthem.

You can read about the controversy at a McKinley Magellan Internet Guide 4-star Web site, ESPN's Sportszone.

Posted June 17, 1996.
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