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How former Denver Nugget Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf lost his NBA career ‘In the Blink of an Eye’

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Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was traded from the Denver Nuggets not long after he refused to stand for the National Anthem. He talks about the experience in his autobiography, "In the Blink of an Eye."

A professional athlete protests injustice by sitting out the National Anthem.  There’s a firestorm, and before long, his career is over. While there is a connection, this is not a story about former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Decades earlier, it was Denver Nuggets guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf who was suspended by the NBA and shortly thereafter traded away from the team for his decision. In his autobiography, "In the Blink of an Eye," Abdul-Rauf discusses his life before and after the anthem controversy, which effectively cost him his career.