Mahmoud Abdur-RaufMahmoud Abdur-Rauf
(born March 9
) is an American
former professional basketball
player. He was born Chris Jackson
but changed his name upon his conversion to Islam
. He attended Louisiana State University
and was selected in the NBA
draft by the Denver Nuggets
. He played with Denver until 1995, and was a key player on that team, winning the most-improved player award in 1993
. He also was one of the main scorers on that team. He would later go on to play for the Sacramento Kings
and later the Vancouver Grizzlies
Since retiring from basketball, he built a mosque in his home town of Gulfport, Mississippi, and became an imam.
He is perhaps best known for the controversy he created when he refused to stand for the Star Spangled Banner before games, claiming that it conflicted with his Islamic beliefs.