Wednesday, January 25, 2023

{Watch/Trailer}- SHOWTIME presents... "STAND" : the Courageous Story of NBA Player, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

There are few professional athletes who not only make history, but change the course of the sport forever.  Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, formerly known as Chris Jackson, is one of them.  In recent years, athletes have kneeled during the singing of the National Anthem to display efforts of protest against social injustice and so forth.  Chatter for sure, but todays battle are a new day.  The year is 1996 and chatter now was controversy then.  

 In the early 90s, Chris Jackson converted to Islam and changed his name to Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf.  Later... Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf made headlines when he refused to stand for the National Anthem before games as an act of protest and displayed Islamic prayer.  He felt the (National Anthem) praise towards the flag was a symbol of oppression amongst other tyrant acts.  Not much has changed huh?  While standing firm in his beliefs (when it wasn't popular), he was greeted with boos, aggressive hate, fines, suspensions, and ultimately... blackballed from the NBA.  Catch the trailer for his compelling life story after the jump!

Directed by Joslyn Rose Lyons, "STAND" premieres February 3, 2023 on SHOWTIME.  

1 comment:

  1. His story is the epitome of integrity! Stand for something or fall for anything