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Published March 14, 1996
PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS EDITORIAL: "If that's what he believes, then it's not he who is wrong, it's the NBA rule" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 3/14). 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, 3/14). 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, 3/14).