Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

Sport: NBA
Years: 1990-1998, 2000-2001
During the 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 reason 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. We're cool with the "Star-Spangled Banner"...as long as Carl Lewis isn't the one reciting it. Jesus.