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Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf – My Best Years Were Taken Away

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A great TV segment with Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf (Chris Jackson) where he talks about his shortened NBA career. Mahmoud was one of the leagues best guards in the 90s and was unofficially shunned from the NBA after he refused to stand for the national anthem, and calling the US Flag a symbol of oppression.

He went on to have a great career overseas, retiring in 2011 at the age of 41.

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13 comments
Ing Qsm
Ing Qsm

Free choice ?....what does that have to do with having a complete lack of respect for your country and if you hate your own country that much, you leave, simple. Christianity is a lot more tolerant nowdays than islam, ask any arab christian in a muslim country escaping persecution, having said that, I still thing the world is better without any organised religion in our public life, secularism all the way. Refusing to stand for the national anthem has absolutely nothing to do with race, this was a statement of segregation of the religious kind, not racial, that is obvious by the way he is holding his hands, as far as Timothy McVeigh goes, what he did was not on the scale of islamic terrorism around the world in the last 20 or so years, you really can't even compare.

Tibor Hire
Tibor Hire

well if you bagging other religions and someone for using his right to choice and freedom than i'm not so sure that Christianity is the religion of forgiveness and tolerance :) as for him refusing to stand for his country's anthem: talking to some over there i understand when blacks believe that "their" country still has a long way to go when it comes to minorities. Last, the photos: you have by any chance one of what Timothy McVeigh did? Or that doesn't fits your "big bad muslim" dogma???

David Jongue
David Jongue

Whatever....the cat was an unbelievable scorer!

Ing Qsm
Ing Qsm

No, I mean islam, and islam is a lot worse than christianity currently, in history that's another story, come on the guy rejected his own countries national anthem ??, what christian does that ?? , and I am all for a religion free world, but islam is the worst by far, check the facts. www.thereligionofpeace.com

Craig Tucker
Craig Tucker

I think by Islam you mean "insert any religion here"

Tibor Hire
Tibor Hire

....because Christianity is sooooooo much better :)

Ing Qsm
Ing Qsm

Disgusting...what a traitor to his own people, sure he had talent but that's what islam does to you, sends you stupid.

Roger Taylor
Roger Taylor

Love it, thanks for sharing. One of my top 10 favourite players.

Simo Arabi
Simo Arabi

See Darnell Mee sitting in the change rooms next to him & Kevin Brooks on the bench