Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf aka “Chris Wayne Jackson”
- LSU (88-90)
- Denver Nuggets (90-96)
- Sacramento Kings (96-98]
- Fenerbahçe (1998–99) (Turkey)
- Vancouver Grizzlies (00-01)
- Ural Great (2003–04) (Russia)
- Sedima Roseto (2004–05) (Italy)
- Aris BC (2006–07) (Greece)
Position: Point Guard
- 1992-93 NBA Most Improved Player
- Third pick in the 1990 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets.
- Led NBA in free throw percentage in 1994 and 1996. In the 93-94 season he went 219-229 from the line. Played professionally in Europe after the NBA. Now plays in the Saudi Arabian League.
- Abdul-Rauf overcame the challenge of Tourette Syndrome to have an athletic career. (wikipedia)
- Traded with Sacramento Kings’ Sarunas Marciulionis (A past RFP) and second round pick in the 1996 NBA Draft.
- Scored 51 points in a game against the Utah Jazz (see video below)
Here’s a summary of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf’s career in the NBA and Europe (Link)
Abdul-Rauf refused to stand for the “Star-Spangled Banner” before games stating that the flag was a “symbol of oppression” and that the United States had a long “history of tyranny”.
He said that standing to the national anthem would therefore conflict with his Islamic beliefs.
On March 12, 1996 the NBA suspended Abdul-Rauf for his refusal to stand, but the suspension lasted only one game. Two days later, the league was able to work out a compromise with him, whereby he would stand during the playing of the national anthem but could close his eyes and look downward. He usually silently recited a Muslim prayer during this time.
Source: The New York Times
Four employees of Denver’s KBPI were charged with misdemeanor offenses when they entered a Colorado mosque playing the “Star-Spangled Banner” on a bugle and a trumpet in a provocative response to Abdul-Rauf’s refusal to stand for the National Anthem.
Source: The New York Times
Report on Abdul-Rauf refusing to stand for the National Anthem:
In October 2007, Robert Sanchez from the magazine 5280 wrote an article profiling Chris Jackson’s conversion to “Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf”. Abdul-Rauf was strongly influenced by the writing of Malcom X. Abdul-Rauf kept most of the letters he received while playing in the NBA. Here are some letters featured in the Sanchez article:
Dear Mr. Abdul-Rauf,
Go back to Africa.
You need to go to another country that does not have the freedom that we do.
Sanchez wrote a remarkable article that is worth checking out if you have the time. Here is the link: The Conversion of Chris Jackson
3-Part Mix-Tape of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf in the NBA
51-points against Utah
Chris Jackson at LSU
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Abdul-Rauf was quite a player back in the day. Whether it was his quick release, floating one handers in the lane, reverse spin dribble pull-ups and jab steps, he could do it all.