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         PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS EDITORIAL:  "If that's what he
    believes, then it's not he who is wrong, it's the NBA rule"
         COLUMNIST RANDY GALLOWAY:  "The system giveth.  The system
    taketh away" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/14).
         COLUMNIST BILL CONLIN:  "If the rules of the league that
    drew up the contract offend his religion or his personal
    sensibilities in any way, he had a right to pump gas, flip
    burgers, perform brain surgery, or anything else he was inclined
    to do" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 3/14).
         NBC'S BILL WALTON:  "In this day and age, when athletes are
    more beholding to corporate sponsors and their enormous
    paychecks, it's wonderful to see that Abdul-Rauf has decided to
    take a stand" (USA TODAY, 3/14).
         COLUMNIST HARVEY ARATON:  "The league could be headed for
    dangerous legal waters.  And for what, the anthem or its rule?
    Neither of these issues is big enough to suspend this man for
    believing what he does" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/14).
         COLUMNIST DAN SHAUGHNESSY, who writes Abdul-Rauf is not Rosa
    Parks or Muhammad Ali:  "He is a talented 27-year-old ... digging
    a hole for himself" (BOSTON GLOBE, 3/14).
         COLUMNIST E.J. MONTINI:  "Abdul-Rauf is 100 percent
    offensive, 100 percent obnoxious, 100 percent juvenile, 100
    percent ignorant.  And, still, 100 percent correct" (ARIZONA
    REPUBLIC, 3/14).
         COLUMNIST TONY KORNHEISER:  "Let's be clear on this:  This
    country wasn't founded to protect the NBA and its marketing
    goals.  This country was founded to give people freedom of, and
    from, religion" (WASHINGTON POST, 3/14).
         COLUMNIST MIKE LUPICA:  "This is not a religious issue just
    because he says it is.  He is not a symbol of anything except
    being terribly misguided, or terribly misled" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS,
         COLUMNIST SCOTT OSTLER:  "What the hell does he think this
    is?  America?" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/14).
         COLUMNIST GORDON MONSON:  "Adjust, Mahmoud.  Stand up   --
    and play the game Allah has blessed you to play" (SALT LAKE
    TRIBUNE, 3/14).
         COLUMNIST FILIP BONDY writes, if the NBA can suspend Abdul-
    Rauf, "they should go after the networks that have fixed the
    schedule so they don't have to play the anthem on the air" (N.Y.
    DAILY NEWS, 3/14).
         COLUMNIST ED FOWLER:  "Common sense seems to say the NBA has
    every right to require its players to show respect for the flag,
    if for no other reason than to protect the league's
    marketability" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 3/14).
         COLUMNIST TERRY FOSTER:  "Hasn't it become standard practice
    for fans to scream and drown out the national anthem while it is
    being sung or played.  That sounds like treason to me" (DETROIT
    NEWS, 3/14).
         NETS' JAYSON WILLIAMS:  "I'm no politician, but the man has
    to remember he's made a lot of money in this country" (ARIZONA
    REPUBLIC, 3/14).
         COLUMNIST PETER VECSEY:  "Common sense, if not courtesy,
    dictates that Abdul-Rauf gave up his freedom to protest anything
    and everything on the Nuggets sidelines (private property) when
    he became a member of the team, league and union" (N.Y. POST,

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