Adonis Richards
5 min readDec 18, 2019


image credit to Joe Mahoney

The outcry of the oppressed is a shriek contained in a box where sound doesn’t bounce around and ring into the ears of its containers. No, It is more of an annoyance that only causes them to silence their prey in a moment’s notice. As fast as possible. Without hesitation.

The screams of the hurt will only sound like scratches on a chalkboard to their killers. When those that screamed for “black lives matter”, the oppressed screamed louder “ all lives matter” when systemic oppression and racism reigned over the black and brown bodies and we asked to stop shooting us they tried to silence us in a hurry. And when Colin Kaepernick kneeled for the national anthem, The NFL silenced him faster than a rat gets…. you know the rest.

Kaep was a beacon for those crying for freedom. He became a marauder in the same breath. His name will be mentioned with the Mohammed Alis, the Kareem Abdul Jabbars, the Jim Browns, the Bill Russells and the LeBron James’.

But, what if I were to tell you about a marauder that media had forgotten? The initial national anthem protestor, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. Nba point guard for the Denver Nuggets and the Sacramento Kings in the 90s. He was a sharpshooter, some might say he was Steph Curry before Steph Curry. Yeah, he was that good. 14.6ppg, .354 3pt. fg%, 90.5% on free throws for a career. He was a shooter for real and a damn good one at that.

He was a star player out of LSU, scoring more 30ppg. his freshman in college, not bad for the former Chris Jackson, a young child with Terrets. He became the 3rd overall pick in 1990 due to a stellar collegiate season. This was done with Shaquille Oneal on his team too, imagine that.

However, this wasn’t the only reason why he was remembered in the NBA.

The undeniably great NBA point guard was also known for one controversial decision, he didn’t stand for the national anthem. And he was blackballed out of the NBA for it.

Struggling in his first two seasons due to personal identity crises and injury, Mohmoud turned to Islam and changed his name from Chris Jackson to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. This led to a successful NBA career. From that point on his confidence resurged and he was torching the NBA. This occurred until the 1996 NBA season… When he chose to sit for the…