Athletes Who Protested The National Anthem

During the 1995-96 NBA season, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who played for the Denver Nuggets at the time, refused to stand for the national anthem at every game. He believed that the flag symbolized oppression and that the United States’ long history of tyranny was not something he’d want to support.

The NBA suspended Mahmoud on March 12th, costing him over $30,000 each game. They eventually worked out an agreement where Abdul-Rauf agreed to stand for the anthem but looked down with his eyes closed.

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