DATE: 3/12/1996
ACT: Refusal to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner."
COMPLEX SAYS: During 1995-96 season Abdul-Rauf's refusal to stand for the "Star-Spangled Banner" caused the league to issue the Denver Nuggets guard a one-game suspension. His reasoning for not standing was that he believed the American flag represented "oppression and tyranny" both of which go against his Islamic faith. Two days later, the league and Abdul-Rauf made a compromise which required him to stand but allowed him to bow his head in prayer during the anthem.