Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf aka “Chris Wayne Jackson”

Quick Hits

Teams:

  • 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

Notables:

  • 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.

Mahmoud,
Fuck you.

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

Want more videos? Check out Temple3’s awesome blog!

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.

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5 Responses to “Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf aka “Chris Wayne Jackson””

  1. Thanks for the link love. Nice job. He was a truly superb player. Often imitated, never duplicated.

  2. Marissa Says:

    Wow that article was intense! It’s amazing the stuff people say…

  3. I remember as a kid reading an article quoting Abdul-Rauf saying that because of his Tourette’s he couldn’t allow himself to leave the gym until he made 100 free throws that all made the exact same, perfect “swish” sound.

    Crazy stuff. But not crazy in THAT way. The generic crazy. ‘Cause he was sick, not crazy. So, then, not crazy. I’m not either. Yeah.

  4. I am in awe of this man. Public and corporate reaction is both predictable and disgusting.

  5. AHKEEM JOHNSON Says:

    HI MR. ABDUL-RAUF
    MY NAME IS AHKEEM ,I AM 18 YEARS OLD AND I HAVE AUTISM.
    I WANT MY LEGS TO BE LONGER LIKE ABDUL -RAUF ,SO I CAN BE A BASKET BALL PLAYER LIKE YOU ,THEN I WILL BE ABDUL-RAUF AHKEEM HIGHER AND TALLER. : ) I AM A MUSLIM JUST LIKE YOU AND I SAY MY PRAYS TO ALLAH. I WANT TO GROW UP HIGHER AND HAVE A LONG NECK TOO.
    I LIKE TO DRAW AND DESIGN JERSEYS TO GIVE TO YOU AND SAY ABDUL-RAUF AHKEEM ON THE FRONT OF THE MAGAZINE AND PUT IT IN WALGREENS FOR YOU AND ME TO BUY.
    I NEED YOU AND ME TO PUT ABDUL-RAUF AHKEEM BASKET BALL CARDS FOR DALLAS MAVERICKS…….WILL YOU HELP ME PLEASE TO MASS PRODUCE BASKET BALL CARDS,#56 ABDUL-RUAF AHKEEM ON THE BACK OF THE JERSEYS THAT I MADE? I LIVE IN CHICAGO,ILLINOIS AND I AM A VERY GOOD ARTIST.

    THANK YOU : )
    RESPECTFULLY ……………..FROM AHKEEM

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